Catastrophism news

Dinosaur family tree changes

At https://phys.org/print409396981.html ... 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 https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/courtship-behaviou... ... 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, www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/mars-volcano-earths-dinosaurs-went-ext... ... 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 https://eos.org/articles/glacial-outburst-flood-near-mount-everest-caugh...

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.

Platinum

At https://phys.org/print408280130.html ... 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 http://cosmictusk.com 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).

Epic Wave

The epic wave is greater by far than the rogue wave (see yesterday), by many orders of magnitude. At the southern end of Madagascar (Malagasy) lie four enormous wedge shaped sediment deposits known as chevrons. They are composed of material dredged up from the ocean floor and each of them is twice the size of Manhattan island. The sediment is as deep as the Chrysler Building (in Manhattan) is tall. The chevrons contain deep ocean microfossils - and various metals that are thought to be associated with cosmic impacts.

Fossil Dinosaur Dinner

At https://phys.org/print408099790.html ... a rare find of digested remains of food has been found inside the stomach of a dinosaur - fossilised. The find comes from Patagonia ...

Samuel Windsor

Sam Windsor has commented on the sudden increase in geomagnetism in the 8th century BC by saying that if heavenly fire was part of the destruction of Sennacherib's army (which he dates to 701BC) then it may have an origin in a passing celestial body (he favours Mars) one consequence of which would almost certainly be an increasing charge in both bodies. He also notes that Etruscan pottery in Italy displays a magnetic anomaly.

Dust and Mammoths

At http://creation.com/woolly-mammoths-choked-by-dust ... sent in by Robert Farrar. Once again a Creationist web site goes where others fear to tread and the issues raised are interesting from a Catastrophist point of view. Some of the mammoths died as a result of asphyxiation we are informed. Of course, very few mammoths did survive in a nearly intact form and those that did must have been buried pretty quickly.