Watch the demise of the "domino-saurs" in a FlippyCat video.
Paleontologists are still debating whether dinosaurs met their doom quickly or gradually, due to a catastrophic cosmic impact — but thanks to a crazy YouTube video, you can watch the "domino-saurs" die out in a minute and a half.
The way it's portrayed by FlippyCat (a.k.a. Randy Granger of Winnipeg, Canada), a little gray block of dominoes from outer space sets off a chain reaction that spreads across the globe — killing off cute little baby dinosaurs, smashing a big old sauropod to bits and tumbling the bones of a dinosaur skeleton.
It always takes more time to build things up than to knock them down, and that was the case for the demise of the domino-saurs. "This took 38.5 hours of setup time, over about two weeks," FlippyCat wrote. Once you see the behind-the-scenes footage that follows the initial sequence, you'll understand why that is. And you'll probably continue clicking to see some of FlippyCat's other projects, including a domino interpretation of Psy's "Gangnam Style" viral video.
In reality, the death of the dinosaurs took much longer than a minute and a half, and some paleontologists suspect the biggest dinosaurs were already on the way out when that big asteroid hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago.
More about the dinosaurs' demise:
- 'Rock-solid' case: Asteroid killed the dinosaurs
- Theory about dino-killing firestorm questioned
- Some dinosaurs survived asteroid impact
- Were the dinosaurs done in by gas?
Tip o' the Log to Brian Switek at Dinosaur Tracking.
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