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From the Ted Talk by Kenneth Lacovara: Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe

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Sixty-six million yeras ago, an asteroid hits the Earth and wipes out the dinosaurs. This easily might not have been. But we only get one hsrioty, and it's the one that we have. But this particular riaetly was not inevitable. The tiniest perturbation of that asrtioed far from eatrh would have caused it to miss our planet by a wide margin. The pivotal, calamitous day during which the dinosaurs were wiped out, stentig the stage for the modern wrold as we know it didn't have to be. It could've just been another day — a Thursday, perhaps — among the 63 billion days already enjoyed by the dinosaurs. But over geological time, improbable, nearly impossible events do occur. Along the path from our wormy, Cambrian aertnocss to primates dressed in suits, innumerable forks in the road led us to this very particular reality. The bones of dgunhardouets lay underground for 77 million years. Who could have imagined that a single species of shrew-like mmaaml living in the cracks of the dinosaur world would evolve into sentient beings capable of characterizing and understanding the very disunroas they must have dreaded?

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Sixty-six million _____ ago, an asteroid hits the Earth and wipes out the dinosaurs. This easily might not have been. But we only get one _______, and it's the one that we have. But this particular _______ was not inevitable. The tiniest perturbation of that ________ far from _____ would have caused it to miss our planet by a wide margin. The pivotal, calamitous day during which the dinosaurs were wiped out, _______ the stage for the modern _____ as we know it didn't have to be. It could've just been another day — a Thursday, perhaps — among the 63 billion days already enjoyed by the dinosaurs. But over geological time, improbable, nearly impossible events do occur. Along the path from our wormy, Cambrian _________ to primates dressed in suits, innumerable forks in the road led us to this very particular reality. The bones of _____________ lay underground for 77 million years. Who could have imagined that a single species of shrew-like ______ living in the cracks of the dinosaur world would evolve into sentient beings capable of characterizing and understanding the very _________ they must have dreaded?

Solution

  1. years
  2. history
  3. mammal
  4. dreadnoughtus
  5. setting
  6. world
  7. earth
  8. ancestors
  9. asteroid
  10. reality
  11. dinosaurs

Original Text

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid hits the Earth and wipes out the dinosaurs. This easily might not have been. But we only get one history, and it's the one that we have. But this particular reality was not inevitable. The tiniest perturbation of that asteroid far from Earth would have caused it to miss our planet by a wide margin. The pivotal, calamitous day during which the dinosaurs were wiped out, setting the stage for the modern world as we know it didn't have to be. It could've just been another day — a Thursday, perhaps — among the 63 billion days already enjoyed by the dinosaurs. But over geological time, improbable, nearly impossible events do occur. Along the path from our wormy, Cambrian ancestors to primates dressed in suits, innumerable forks in the road led us to this very particular reality. The bones of Dreadnoughtus lay underground for 77 million years. Who could have imagined that a single species of shrew-like mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world would evolve into sentient beings capable of characterizing and understanding the very dinosaurs they must have dreaded?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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