Catastrophism news

Fossil Dinosaur Dinner

At ... 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 ... 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.

Landslide Corals

At ... and here we have another fake news media outlet, and surely so as they are leaders in exaggerating the effects of CAGW and actually publicly brag about it at the same time (or at least their former editor was proud of faking the news). Thankfully, in this story the fake news is not obvious as it concerns geology and a massive landslide that purportedly took place over 300,000 years ago.

Fake News Again

Also at the fake new Daily Mail we have another interesting story - go to ... which picks up on a story repeated at many places on the Internet. Research shows that the Great Dying mass extinction event 252 million years ago involved what they call shoaling - the turning over of the oceans, ripping up poisonous chemicals in the process from the sea floor.It was these potent gases that was responsible for the loss of 90 per cent of life on earth. Wow. That is sticking your neck out.

Loess in Scablands

At ... which is last year's story. An adaptation of the megaflood theory into a succession of floods as a result of the discovery of a number of water level rims in the lake that is supposed to have emptied across the scablands. The article begins with a description of the channelled scablands ...

Auroch with dots

  ... this is a piece of art from a rock shelter in the Pyrenees which is thought to date back to 38,000 years ago - about the time it was all going wrong for megafauna in Australia and Neanderthals and big mammals in Euroasia. You can just make out an auroch - a large bull with horns. What connection might worship, or portrayals of the bull in rock art have to do with the Taurids (the bull in the sky)?

10,000 years

    ... This chart is interesting not just for the periods of warmth but for the incidents of cold. The 8000 years ago event sticks out like a sore thumb (6200BC) and likewise an event just before 5000 years ago and around 4300 years ago. In contrast, we don't have a cold blip at 1200 or 1000BC to qualify as the end of Late Bronze Age event. Instead, it is very warm. Why would that be? Was something different going on?

Megafauna Extinctions

A tale of two theories - both of them inadequate in their own ways. At ... we have the claim humans wiped out Australian megafauna which just happens to fall hard on the heels of the news that Australian Aborigines  were living in interior Australia between 45,000 and 49,000 years ago (conveniently just prior to the extinction of the megafauna). The paper is in Nature Communications (Jan 20th 2017) but involves some very interesting information about climate as a result of a sediment core off the SW coast (on the continental shelf).

More Scepticism

At ... is one of those headlines that seem to say the debate is over and the Younger Dryas boundary event did not involve a cosmic detonation in the atmosphere. A bad day for the younger dryas comet theory - which seems to refer to disagreements over nano diamonds and what they are (a technical dispute if you like). Either the nano diamonds are real - or they are not.