Were the Dinosaurs of Mongolia rapidly buried by Extraterrestrial Sands?

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A photo of a hatchling Protoceratops andrewsi fossil from the Gobi Desert Ukhaa Tolgod, Mongolia. AMNH/M. Ellison

An almost instantaneous deluge of sand.

Cretaceous Mongolia is one of the strangest and best preserved of all Mesozoicecosystems. The shifting sand of what was, even then, the Gobi Desert have ensured that fossils of the animals that lived there can be found in exactly the position in which they were buried, with most of the bones together. The most notable fossil is the very well preserved remains of a Velociraptor, locked in combat with a Protoceratops, a small ceratopsian.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous_Mongolia

The red sandstones of Ukhaa Tolgod in southern Mongolia make a true dinosaur graveyard: yet many people have wondered how the dinosaurs actually died. They seem to have been buried suddenly, caught unawares in a sandstorm. Yet abundant traveller’s tales, recounting all sorts of strange meteorological happenings in deserts, yield no modern examples of a sudden and sandy interment. Dunes just don’t move fast enough to bury whole populations of living, active animals. What’s more, it is hard to see how abundant life could have lived, died and nested in a Sahara-like ‘sand sea’ full of active dune fields.

http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/cowen//HistoryofLife/ukhaatolgod.html

A dinosaur fossil emerges from the sandstone – Gobi Desert.

Collapsing sands dunes?

The most recent theory of how whole populations of active animals were buried so suddenly comes from Prof. David Loope of the University of Nebraska.

Sloping sand dunes in temperate, moist environments are easily destabilized by heavy rain. Unable to sink into the dune, the water saturates the surface, leading to the sandy equivalent of a mudslide. Large volumes of soggy sand slide rapidly down the dune’s face to form an alluvial fan at the bottom. This would bury any recently dead animals before weather and scavengers had a chance to scatter their remains. It would also have drowned small mammals in their burrows, and perhaps have trapped nesting dinosaurs. Most animals, though, would have had a chance to escape.

http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/cowen/HistoryofLife/ukhaatolgod.html

Questions.

Did the dunes collapse all at once and at the same time thus entombing all animals simultaneously over a wide area? This has to be bordering on the impossible!

If “alluvial fans” played a part wouldn’t the geological evidence be still visible in the form of graded beds and/or sediments? This is not the case as … “All the fossils come from a kind of loose, structureless sandstone with no bedding features.” (Link above)

What of the dinosaurs caught in combat? Were they oblivious to their surroundings?

Some dinosaurs were buried while incubating their eggs. If collapsing dunes were responsible, it would be totally unnatural for these animals to stay put – at the first sign of any “landslide” the dinosaurs would have instinctively made haste and tried to escape.

Unless of course the sand fell from the sky!

Extraterrestrial Sands Book.

Extraterrestrial Sands dismantles the consensus model and explores the radical idea that sand is extraterrestrial in origin. The theory states that the planet Mars entered into hundreds of catastrophic close encounters with earth during historical times. During these encounters an incandescent molten Mars internally convulsed and ejected immeasurable quantities of vaporised rock, volatiles, dust and debris out into space – a natural by-product of planetary chaos. Vast swaths of rock vapour fell to earth (along with tons of other sedimentary material) where it condensed out of the atmosphere as tiny quartz grains. In other words, it rained sand! Earth has been subjected to a number of catastrophic sand and debris ‘accretion events’ in the past few thousand years and the evidence is obvious for all to see. It reaches us in the form of Earth’s sandy deserts, beaches, dune fields and sandstone deposits.

There were at least three major sand accretion events comprising the Gobi desert region. The third one, the virtually lose structureless sandstone with no bedding features is the one that interred the Gobi dinosaurs. Over the years the sand cemented together to form sandstone, fossilizing the dinosaurs and other animals in the process.

The Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi desert. So named because of the flaming reddish hue of the sandstone, which in turn comes from iron oxide (rust) coating individual quartz grains. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Photo: Anna Wexler

ET sand (and other debris) rained down almost instantaneously – probably in a matter of hours or less – a ‘sand weather bomb’ so to speak. The speed at which if fell was enough to choke and entomb all life forms virtually instantaneously.

The dinosaurs caught brooding their eggs stayed put because the threat was from above – they were protecting their eggs from raining sand. A good analogy would be birds today protecting their eggs from the rain or sweet bald eagles shielding their eggs from falling snow – a totally natural instinct. Accepted, these dinosaurs were probably flightless but the premise remains.

With respect to the dinosaurs caught in combat – where do you run when the threat falls from the sky?

Scholars are correct when they say the dinosaurs seem to have been buried suddenly, caught unaware in a sandstorm … it was a sandstorm of epic proportions that literally fell out of the sky. There was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

I would further add, earth’s geologic times spans such as the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic, etc., should be condensed and redated to only a few thousand years ago. I would place the Cretaceous Period around 8,000 years ago with a duration of only tens of years as opposed to the absurd millions of years.

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This paleontologist is excavating a dinosaur fossil in Mongolia.

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Researchers clean a dinosaur nest on the 2013 joint American Museum of Natural History-Mongolian Academy of Sciences expedition. AMNH/S. Goldberg

 

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