Catastrophism news

Meteor Bombardment

Gary sent in this link to ... earth's rocky surface is the result of meteor bombardment as a result of extraterrestrial impacts smashing into the surface of the earth. Billions of years ago is of course. That is where the goal posts are - for whatever reason. A new study has been looking for an explanation for the onset of Plate Tectonics. They came to the conclusion that a bombardment of meteors and other space debris could have kick started the process.

Hyenas in Yukon

At ... hyenas, during the Ice Age, lived between Mexico and the Yukon, in the far north. Ice Age hyenas are said to have lived in the Arcitc - the assumption being that the geoid of the Earth has remained unchanged. Hyena fossils are sometimes found in the UK (in cave deposits for example) but the Yukon example involved three teeth found back in the 19760s.

did an extraterrestrial impact ...

Sent in by William - go to ... did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of Ice Age animals? Which is a revival of the Younger Dryas Boundary event hypothesis. The mainstream view is that an ice dam, that had wonderfully survived for thousands of years, left behind by retreating ice, held back a giant lake of cold water which burst and spilt that glacial water into the North Atlantic - cooling the ocean currents and creating the Younger Dryas.

Tree Pellets

Robert sent in the links below and once again, a good one as far as catastrophism is concerned - go to and ... and also one caught up in the co2 bubble (but don't worry as the core information is all we are interested in).

Quaking in the Storms

Robert sent in this link ... and surprisingly the quakes are said to never occur between May and August. Some storm quakes also do not occur when the Earth is at its furthest point from the Sun. Is something else going on here? Robert is thinking along the lines of electro-magnetism as we know electric energy is part of tornadoes and hurricanes - and of course, electric storms.

Earth in Upheaval

Gary sent in the link to the  video - go to ... if you are a bit rusty on Velikovsky's book, Earth in Upheaval, here is a modern recap.

Little Ice Age Volcanism

An interesting study by Luigi Bragato and Hanspeter Holzhauser - on volcanism and cooling temperatures which create conditions for pandemics (plague, cholera and influenza), in contrast to warmer periods when there is economic expansion and a lower incidence of natural disaster and outbreaks of disease. The major claim is that volcanism can cause century wide cooling. Is the latter sentence true ? - go to ...

Religion and Younger Dryas

At ... which is of course a fascinating subject that attracted a good deal of people to the ideas of Velikovsky. What role does religion have in catastrophic events - supplication to a sky deity via ritual, recitation, and hymns etc. Even re-enactments of catastrophic events in an attempt to understand them - and why deity may have demanded the lives of so many humans (and animals).

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 ...'.