Catastrophism news

Constellations on stone

Both William and Robert sent in the link to a story in the Daily Telegraph newspaper - see ... researchers in the Engineering department at Edinburgh University have been looking at images and symbols carved on the stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in SE Anatolia, in order to see if they could be linked to constellations in the sky - and they now think they are.

Meltwater Graves

At ... research from the University of Adelaide has found that the bones of Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas died as a result of meltwater flooding. However, it doesn't quite say that as that would have upset their uniformitarian peers - but that is the inference we might take. In other words, it doesn't really validate Velikovsky or any other catastrophist, but it goes some way along the line.

Ice Age Melt Waters

William sent in the link ... which allows you to read a number of articles in this first of 2017 issue. The article of interest is by Paul A LaViolette, 'The Generation of Mega Glacial Meltwater Floods and Their Geologic Transport' (13 pages if you want to download and print out). In 1989, Shaw, Kvil and Revin claimed the drumlin fields of N America were caused by meltwaters (sub glacial flooding) in an article in Sedimentary Geology.

Med Tsunamis

Clark Whelton posted the link ... which concerns tsunamis - and an exceptional one that has been dated at 2800 years ago. Apparently, there is nothing in the Bible or other textual sources that record an event around 800BC - but this may be due to C14 methodology (and dating anomalies). The field is wide open it seems to me. Has anyone any suggestions. For example, it is close to the time of Elijah but even more compelling is a link to a tree ring anomaly in the early 8th century.

Dinosaur family tree changes

At ... Cambridge University and the Natural History Museum in London have published new research which seems to show there is a need to change the family tree of dinosaur evolution.

At ... courtship behaviour trapped in amber.It involves three damselflies in the posture of display before a female - but died without getting lucky. How sudden was that?

Malta Prehistory

Jovan sent in this link a few weeks ago and I've only just got around to reading it - and that is only the Introduction to the book. Michael Hughes Clarke, 'Natural Events in Malta's Prehistory' - and concerns not just the Temple building period but the Neolithic as a whole (stretching back to around 5000BC). The temple building people it is thought, disappeared in the mid to late 3rd millennium BC.

Mars and the K/T

Gary sent in the link, ... the word 'about' is as big as you want to make it - and here may lie an explanation. Mars volcanoes and earth's K/T boundary event occurred at 'about' the same time. However, digging into the article we find the volcanoes were still active until 50 million years ago (and possibly much later than that) where the K/T event and the extinction of the dinosaurs is normally dated to around 65,000 years ago.

Glacial Outburst Flood

William sent in a link to a video of catastrophic moving water, some 2 million cubic metres spilling down towards the village of Chukhung in Nepal last year (2016) - go to

Piora Oscillation

Wiki has a good piece on the Piora Oscillation, the official name for the period of global cooling that followed on from the 3200BC event. It lasted for 200, maybe 300 years in duration and divides the Pre-Dynastic phase from Dynasty One. In Sumeria it marks the end of the Uruk phase with a confused episode dividing it from the Early Dynastic Period. There is plenty of evidence to suggest horse mounted barbarians arrived from the steppe zone at this time - including the Royal Graves of Ur which mimic the kurgans that littered southern Russia and western Siberia in the 4th millennium BC.


At ... a new study in Science Reports (March 9th) brings the Younger Dryas Impact Theory back to life after a couple of articles in the journals criticising the analysis of samples (see for details of the various controversies in the background). The discovery of widespread platinum across continental USA is an interesting development. The opposition will come back with a dampener no doubt, but that is the nature of scientific agreement (I suppose).