The dinosaurs ended deus ex machina when a 10km wide asteroid collided with Earth. I like to think that at least some of them were munching on a plant when the asteroid screamed through the atmosphere and that they paused for a second and thought “oh fuck.” Debris was thrown into the atmosphere and for weeks the sky rained fireballs on the plants and dinosaurs, changing the planet forever, and killing off the dinosaurs. From the ash of that asteroid mammals became the dominant species and among mammals it is the humans which have replaced the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dinosaurs could never have seen an asteroid and worked out how it would eventually cause the extinction of their species. They could never have stared at the night sky and wondered if a collision is imminent. They couldn’t make movies about flying spaceships to the asteroid and blowing it apart before it hit the earth, starring Bruce Willis in order to assuage their fear. But dinosaurs also couldn’t stare up at the sky today as ash falls in a fine mist on my car, as catastrophic hurricanes flood our cities, and as the sun is turned an ominous shade of orange every summer and shake their head in denial as the very air they breathe, the atmosphere that they created for themselves, turns against them. Only humans can end anthropo ex machina.