Other big volcanoes?
I think there were several really big explosions of Vesuvius, including one around 25,000 ya. I did not see a crater diameter for them. The age on Barrington Meteor Crater is about 50,000 years, although it is not nearly as big as the 2 mile diameter crater they seem to have discovered in the Iraq Marshes (thanks, Blam). Still, I wonder what affect it might have had.
You may recall that I told a couple of you that I was accumulating data for writing something on catastrophes throught the ages and their influence on the development of life on earth. Because of the many new pieces of information I have received from you all in the past year, I may start out by focusing on the past 100,000 years and the development of modern man, and aiming it toward younger (teen) readers. I think there is enough for two books.
"KINGSTON, R.I. August 23, 2006 An international team of scientists has found that the second largest volcanic eruption in human history, the massive Bronze Age eruption of Thera in Greece, was much larger and more widespread than previously believed."