23 January 2011

At … Peter Jupp's web site has an excellent article on fossils – from petrified trees (that become agate or chalcedony) complete with beetles and their larvae and the  holes they made when the object was wood rather than stone, to oysters, clams and crabs also made of stone and caught in a moment of collective disorder and distress. In South Dakota the skeleton of a dinosaur was discovered in 1993 and in its chest cavity, in the precise shape and size of its heart, was found an iron concrete … that was puzzling at the time. However, these things are invariably described in uniformitarian terms and therefore you won't hear a great deal about the iron heart. Instead, geologists will say such organisms were buried and they became concretised (hardened) through chemical reactions that took millions of years – a sort of molecule by molecule transformation of dead life forms. If you are in a museum looking at such an object through a glass screen this is sometimes difficult to imagine as some of the creatures are newly hatched, or even giving birth, while others might be in the process of eating other creatures, and most are twisted and contorted in back arching agony. The piece then goes on to early Native American legends and the work of the catastrophist Georges Cuvier (1761-1832) whose work became the object of derisiohn but which is eminently in tune with modern astronomical catastrophist ideas. Lastly, it brings in the Electric Universe theory and the possibility thunderbolts of the gods were involved in the fossilisation process. It atrributes to Wal Thornhill the observation that radioactive dating assumes the uniformitarian model is correct and radioactive elements were created during the early formation of the solar system and since then decay has been a slow process of disintegration. In the EU model, or in almost any kind of catastrophist scenario, such elements can be formed at any time by electrical discharges between cosmic bodies. In really big events (interplanetary according to Thornhill) transmutation of elements can occur and radio isotopes can be created. Conventional theories of fossilisation may be found wanting in a catastrophist scenario. New hypotheses may be long overdue as myths seem to point at processes that took place rapidly. The article ends with inks to some interesting You Tube videos to view, various books and web sites too. In particular, the author is enthusiastic about a book by Adrienne Mayor (2005) on fossils and the First Americans.

There is another article I recommend reading at and is about Aboriginal mythology from Australia – and fossils are once again a subject with the possibility the Aborigines witnessed a plasma filled atmosphere at some stage. Three huge gum trees holding up this strange sky, collapsed. This was associated with extinction and fossilisation according to the author. Jupp is keen to identify an Aboriginal deposit at Lake Victoria in Australia as the rapid fossilisation of 15,000 humans. Their remains are scattered around what may have been a meeting place and they were discovered when the lake was partly drained to repair a lock on a nearby river. The orthodox interpretation is that this was a cemetery – but it makes you wonder. 

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