Catastrophism news

Younger Dryas in Africa

William sent in this link to ... another discovery on the Younger Dryas impact theory. This time at Wunderdratar in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The research was published in Palaeontoliga Africanus by a team led by the University of Witwatersrand's Francis Thackeray. What they found was a platinum spike north of Pretoria. The evidence comes from a core drilled in a peat deposit, within a sample dated 12,800 years ago.

Another Neanderthal Die-Off Theory

At ... it begins by saying, 'It is one of the great unsolved mysteries of anthropology. What killed off the Neanderthals ....' etc. Was it some sort of a plague specific to Neanderthals that did not affect their successors, modern humans etc. A new study from a team of anthropologists and head and neck anatomists suggests a less dramatic but equally devastating cause - chronic ear infections. They even go so far as to say, 'it may sound far fetched ...'.

The Dodo

At ... a 12,000 year old swamp (taking us back roughly to the Younger Dryas period) brimming with bones reveals the ecosystem in which the giant Dodo bird thrived. A 19th century account of a swamp on Mauritius which was so chock with extinct animal bones you only had to stick your hand into the water to retrieve them has inspired researchers from the Natural History Museum to seek it out, and begin to excavate what is set to be the site of hundreds of remains of animals.

Chicxulub Crater

William sent in a couple of nice links to the following story - go to and ...dswhich concerns the K/T impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs - and 75 per cent of life on Earth (an estimate). Rocks near the asteroid crater tell a story after being analysed by scientists.

Rupert Holms

Rupert Holms has a new You Tube video on his Star Core Zeus theory. He is currently in Cyprus - but go to

Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow centred on the Moon's position in the sky.

Crocodiles and Climate

At ... the ancient distribution of crocodiles could be used to reveal information about past climate. On the other hand, they may reveal more about earth changes. It seems some crocodilians are sensitive to changes in temperature - but other kinds of crocodile are not. Or that is the theory been promulgated. Mapping the distribution of the different species of crocodilia (ostensibly using fossilised remains) may reveal more about 'global' climate millions of years ago.

Muck and Hancock

At ... Muck, Mammoths and Extinctions. Was Alaska the scene of a great cataclysm at the end of the Ice Age. This comes from Graham Hancock's web site. He says the evidence of a cataclysm first began to take shape in the 1930s and 1940s and derives primarily from the work of Frank Hibben and Froelich Rainey (both cited extensively by Velikvosky in Earth in Upheaval).

Australian Wipe Out

At ... climate change sparked mass ice age extinction event in Australia, 30,000 years ago. From turtles as big as 8 feet across, and lizards 6 feet long, the megafauna of Ausatralia was astonishing - yet they were wiped out in a mass extinction event which involved a sudden change in climate and environment. In spite of this researchers regularly blame Aboirigines for killing these big animals (using wooden spears to attack armour coated lizards).

Minch Basin Crater

At ... some time ago geologists came across evidence of an archaic impact event in NW Scotland but where the crater was situated eluded them. Not now it seems they have found it - 15 to 20km west off a remote part of the Scottish mainland, buried beneath both water and younger rocks, in the Minch Basin.