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Extinction of dinosaurs caused by 'colossal bad luck'

The extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a wave of "colossal bad luck", new research suggests.

Credit: Reuters

If the asteroid strike had hit a few million years earlier when food chains were stronger and range of species bigger, dinosaurs would have stood a greater chance of survival, paleontologists led by the University of Edinburgh found.

However a combination of factors - including increased volcanic activity, changing sea levels and varying temperatures meant the strike occurred "at the worst possible time".

"The dinosaurs were victims of colossal bad luck," Dr Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences, said.

"Not only did a giant asteroid strike, but it happened at the worst possible time, when their ecosystems were vulnerable."

Rotherham pet gets 'cat asbo' for terrorising his street

An out-of-control ginger tom cat has been given an "animal Asbo" after causing havoc in a neighbourhood in Rotherham.

Four-year-old Rocky received the penalty after residents complained he was biting people, damaging property, fighting with other cats and entering people’s homes and refusing to leave.

Rocky reportedly received the Asbo for fighting with other cats and refusing to leave neighbour's homes.
Rocky reportedly received the Asbo for fighting with other cats and refusing to leave neighbour's homes. Credit: SWNS

The letter, issued by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, read:

I am in receipt of several complaints regarding your cat Rocky causing alarm, distress and annoyance to other residents in the area of your property.

Although I appreciate that cats do roam, I would prefer if you could take steps to keep your cat Rocky from leaving the perimeter of your garden in the future.

Should further complaints be received about damage done to neighbours’ property by your pet you will be charged for the repairs.

– Letter of complaint
Rocky's owner said the letter was
Rocky's owner said the letter was Credit: SWNS

Rocky's owner Samantha Davies, 35, defended her pet, saying: "How can a cat behave antisocially? It’s an animal, it’s a pet - he’s not going to bite your leg off, drink alcohol in the street or try and rob your phone."

"It’s just like an animal Asbo, and it is completely ridiculous," she added.

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