If you thought that nothing could be more dangerous than an active volcano or a strong seismic point, than you are very wrong. An international team of scientists led by paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim locates what they believe to be the most dangerous place on Earth: the territory of today’s Morocco 100 million years ago.
To be more precise, the place is an area from southeastern Morocco, and it’s called the Kem Kem Group. The location was so dangerous because of the predator dinosaurs roaming on its surface. From massive dinosaurs to flying pterosaurs, these creatures didn’t share the humans’ taste for forgiveness.
Don’t go there
If, by any chance, you have a friend who builds time machines in his spare time, you should never use one to travel 100 million years back in time and all the way to the Kem Kem Group. Ibrahim makes it clear:
This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveler would not last very long,
But why did all those huge and ferocious creatures gathered in the area? The explanation is simple: the zone was thriving with giant fish that the dinosaurs could feast upon. The co-author David Martill from the University of Portsmouth details for us how the situation was:
This place was filled with absolutely enormous fish, including giant coelacanths and lungfish,
The dinosaurs got extinct about 60 million years ago after a huge asteroid hit the territory of today’s Yucatan Peninsula from Mexico. The collision created an enormous cover of ashes and dust that blocked the sunlight for hundreds of years. Without the sun, a lot of plants died, which meant far less oxygen for the dinosaurs to breathe.
The researchers published the findings regarding the Kem Kem Group in the journal ZooKeys this week.