Jan
08
2008

Did mosquitos kill the dinosaurs?

An alternate theory holds that dinosaurs died of embarrassment: A Fredrogersaurus, obviously wishing he were dead, extinct, or just anywhere but here.
An alternate theory holds that dinosaurs died of embarrassment: A Fredrogersaurus, obviously wishing he were dead, extinct, or just anywhere but here.Courtesy Elston

Biting insects spread all kinds of diseases. (You can learn all about this in the Science Museum’s newest exhibit, Disease Detectives.) Now a scientists thinks they may have also helped kill off the dinosaurs. George Poinar, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University, notes that many insects from dinosaur times have been preserved in amber. Many of them carry microbes that can cause malaria, dysentery and other illnesses. He speculates that these illnesses could have been the major cause of the dinosaurs’ long, slow demise. The asteroid impact / volcanic activity / climate change simply finished them off.

Poinar and his wife Roberta have published a book, What Bugged The Dinosaurs? Insects, Disease And Death In The Cretaceous. In it they also note that, late in the dinosaur era, flowering plants spread rapidly, helped along by newly-evolved insect pollinators. This sudden change in available food may have also played a hand in the dinos’ extinction.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

of course they did because they iched to death

posted on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 8:07pm
Darian's picture
Darian says:

I never reallly thought about the bugs killing out the dinosaurs, but i guessyou should never under estimate the power of the insects! (: Haha ! they have been around for millions of years, so i guess it is infact a very plain old possibility. It has just as many facts to back it up as the other theories!

posted on Sun, 02/03/2008 - 3:09pm
hawa's picture
hawa says:

I don't think a bitting inscet can kill a dinosaurs .

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 9:03am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It's not so much the bug, as it is the germs the bug carried.

posted on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:21am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

i don't believe that

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 2:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i do not think they killed the mosquitos i think it was the astroid :)

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 8:26am
hikaru's picture
hikaru says:

I do not believe the mosquitos killed the dinosaurs since there is no fossil evidence of A DEAD MOSQUITO. They could of killed of one or two or the T-Rex because when they fall down they won't be able to pick themselves back up again. But it is totally impossible that a minuscule insect such as the mosquito can kill off a whole species. :)

posted on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 7:14am
darkruler's picture
darkruler says:

its always a possability

posted on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 9:00am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Try googling "fossil mosquito." You'll find that there have been many discovered, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.

Tiny germs can devastate populations. Added to other stress factors, mosquitoes could have easily contributed to the dinosaurs' demise.

posted on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 3:55pm
hikaru's picture
hikaru says:

yeah right!! :D ( note the sarcasm ;p)

posted on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 7:17am
dementor's picture
dementor says:

meteorite killed the dinos.

posted on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 9:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is incorrect; it just finished them off.

posted on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 11:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

maybe they died of annoyance because mosquitos are so annoying and so are thier bites

posted on Sun, 11/28/2010 - 10:28am
Wierdo's picture
Wierdo says:

I thought the astroid or the meteorite that killed the dinausors but the mosquito killing is a big possibility so I believe that all three could have killed the dinausors

posted on Sun, 02/06/2011 - 3:16am

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