Tesla Inc TSLA CEO Elon Musk struck an ominous note on Twitter in August as he touched upon a mass extinction event that brought to an end the Cretaceous period.
What Happened: Musk said what hastened the demise of the dinosaurs and led to the proliferation of mammals on the planet could happen again.
The entrepreneur shared a BBC article in his tweet with the comments, “This will happen again – just a matter of time.”
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Why It Matters: The article shared by Musk talked about the rise of mammals after dinosaurs were decimated by a six-mile wide (10 km) asteroid that hit present-day Mexico with a force of more than a billion nuclear bombs.
Musk is a proponent of settlement on Mars in order to extend the “probable lifespan” of humanity.
He said in April, “I think we’ve really just got this little candle of consciousness like a small light in the void and we don’t want that small candle in a vast darkness to be put out.”
More recently, he said, “Mars may be a fixer-upper of a planet, but it has great potential.”
This story was originally published on Aug. 29, 2022.