Biology news

ultimate uniformitarianism

This link was sent in by Gary. Apparently, some scientists have discovered a huge fossil forest buried in deep sediments and preserved intact that goes back to the Devonian period (400 million years ago) when they dug a hole for the Global Seed Vault on Svalbad (Spitzbergen), a secure underground frozen seed bank in which plants are preserved in case of a future loss of diversity. This was supposed to be part of the Eden Project in Cornwall but that has developed into a giant tourist fly trap.

Triassic mammals

A few weeks ago we had a post on mammals in the Jurassic, contemporary with the dinosaurs. Now they are talking about mammals in the earlier Triassic era - go to and published in PNAS Nov 16th (2015)

However they are being described as proto mammals (or nearly mammals), or even an ancestral branch of the mammal tree. Well, it seemed the branch fell off the tree during the late Triassic event (mass extinctions) as mammals became proper mammals in the Jurassic.

mice in the ...

The Times (of London), last week, had a post by Oliver Moody on a mammal that lived contemporary with the dinosaurs, a mouse like creature (or perhaps a giant shrew). Its remains were found in a limestone quarry in Spain and it went from there to the University of Chicago where the research was done. Like mice it had a long tail, and long nose, and was covered in hair (fur).

ostrich dinosaurs


dinosaurs with feathers and dinosaurs that look like ostriches - see ... the point of interest ffor Catastrophists here is that the tail feathers and some soft tissuye was preserved. The plumage has been compared with that of an ostrich - and the artist's impression below is extremely ostrich like.


At ... new research seems to indicate bubonic plague has bedevilled human populations for much longer than consensus has allowed, even as early as the 4th and 3rd millenniums BC (and possibly even earlier when they get to research back further). The migration of people during the Bronze ages has been fingered as one of the culprits.

good co2

The Swiss are innovative. At ... the Swiss intend to capture co2 from the atmosphere which will then be used as a greenhouse gas - in real greenhouses. The idea came about as co2 increases the rate of vegetable growth, and market gardening is the ideal place to get rid of the co2 that is captured out of the  air.


Some people never give up. The idea that huge Pleistocene animals were wiped out by human hunters, small in number and armed with sharp stones attached to wooden spear shafts, refuses to be laid to rest. It has become a many headed hydra. The persistence of the idea speaks volumes - anything but face up to the facts of Catastrophism. At ... but no it does not. It just shows that some mammoth populations were under stress - for any kind of reason.

Ice Age Mammoth Bones

This was sent in by William Thompson - ... a farmer was installing a drainage system on his property and came across some really big bones. He telephoned the University of Michigan and they sent in a team of 15 palaeontologists and students (of the subject) to excavate the animal. Provisional estimate is the animal was killed between 11700 and 15000 years ago (in the warm period separating the end of the Ice Age from the onset of the Younger Dryas).


At ... the Chernobyl exclusion zone straddles both sides of the border between Belorussia and the Ukraine. An article in Current Biology seems to show that environmentalists have been telling us porkies once again - and low level radiation is not as dangerous as they make out. This story keeps popping up on the net but it never seems to make it into mainstream media - which says a lot about the latter.

eels and the Gulf Stream

Otto Muck, in his book 'The Secret of Atlantis' Collins:1978, was a catastrophist and though his theory was overtaken by other ideas, on the fate of Atlantis and the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, he came up with a novel explanation for the behaviour of eels, drifting as larvae on the Gulf Stream with an origin in the Sargasso Sea.