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Cosmic blast may have killed off megafauna Scientists say early humans doomed, too
Boston Globe ^ | September 27, 2007 | Colin Nickerson

Posted on 09/25/2007 6:45:11 PM PDT by baynut

Wooly mammoths, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and dozens of other species of megafauna may have become extinct when a disintegrating comet or asteroid exploded over North America with the force of millions of hydrogen bombs, according to research by an international team of scientists.

The blast, which the researchers believe occurred 12,900 years ago, may have also doomed a mysterious early human culture, known as Clovis people, while triggering a planetwide cool-down that wiped out the plant species that sustained many outsize Ice Age beasts, according to research published online yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catastrophe; catastrophism; clovis; clovisimpact; comet; extinction; godsgravesglyphs; impact
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If this stuff happens only once every 1,000,000 years, as we are are repeatedly told -- isn't it strange that it seems to have happened only 1-100th of that length of time in our past? Things can extraordinarily rare -- or extraordinarily recent -- I have trouble believing both.

Its time to reevaluate the threat from space.

1 posted on 09/25/2007 6:45:18 PM PDT by baynut
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Yoo-Hoo, It was the world wide flood during Noah’s time, your only off by 6,000 years. But no, they just can’t bring themselves to believe in God. No, No, we can’t have Noah, we can’t have God, we can’t have Jesus. No, no, we must be are own little gods. No, no, we don’t want to be held accountable by a perfect God for how we live, it must have been a comet, it must have been a meteor!


2 posted on 09/25/2007 7:00:07 PM PDT by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: baynut
"Wooly mammoths, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and dozens of other species of megafauna may have become extinct..."

My wife, as luck would have it, managed to survive.

3 posted on 09/25/2007 7:03:18 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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"...may have also doomed a mysterious early human culture, known as Clovis people,..."

Jist call Arkansas, and ask Clovis how his'ns is doin'.
4 posted on 09/25/2007 7:08:59 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.)--has-been, will write Duncan Hunter in)
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To: baynut; DaveLoneRanger; GodGunsGuts

The flood, obviously. So much time and energy is wasted trying to refute what is obvious.


5 posted on 09/25/2007 7:15:57 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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“But no, they just can’t bring themselves to believe in God.”

The Burckle impact crater in the Indian Ocean created gigantic tsunami waves, that pushed megatons of seafloor up onto Madagascar. The vaporized ocean probably made it rain for weeks far away from the crater. Anyone close to the Indian Ocean would have been killed, and many people would have perished in the weather that followed the impact.

http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2006AM/finalprogram/abstract_114274.htm

http://www.earth2class.org/k12/w9_s2005/scioverview.html

It would have been about 6000 years ago, just about right for the Flood.

God could have easily caused the impact and worldwide super rain storm- proof that the Bible is again correct. Noah and his family were warned and survived. You don’t have to discount science when reading the Bible, and you don’t have to discount God when reading science.

6 posted on 09/25/2007 7:20:23 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: baynut

Or they could have been killed off by global warming. Or maybe it was Bush’s fault. Or then there is the real possiblility that they were killed off by a flood.


7 posted on 09/25/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: baynut

Chicken little was right.. The sky is falling.


8 posted on 09/25/2007 7:27:47 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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I miss the megafauna.

Poor megafauna.

9 posted on 09/25/2007 7:28:36 PM PDT by SIDENET (I don't want to find "common ground" with a bunch of damn leftists.)
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To: familyop

All of the Clovis people are here in Miami.


10 posted on 09/25/2007 7:31:44 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: taxesareforever

But how could it possibly have been Bush’s fault ... but then ... no that would be too crazy ... what if Bush had access to a time machine and ...


11 posted on 09/25/2007 7:34:30 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: baynut

“It’s always something.” - Roseanne Roseannadanna


12 posted on 09/25/2007 7:35:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Dont' taze me, Bro!)
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To: baynut

yeaaaah! Remember, like it was today!


13 posted on 09/25/2007 7:37:57 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (ffffFReeeePeee!)
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Good thing we know how to fight off ice ages now. /semisarc


14 posted on 09/25/2007 7:40:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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"If this stuff happens only once every 1,000,000 years, as we are are repeatedly told..."

 

On average... over eons.  Extinction events aren't like John Kerry or Slow-Joe Biden saying something stupid, occurring on a predictable schedule. A comet hits sometimes every 12,000 years, sometimes every  3.86521478 million years.

To get a sense of time... Stretch your arms out.  This is represents the timeline of earth's ~4.5 billion-year  history.  The distance from your left fingertips to the wrist of your right hand represents the pre-Cambrian (pre-complex-life) period.   All complex life on earth exists in the time represented by your right hand.  And "in a single stroke with a medium-grained nail file you could eradicate human history."*

* John McPhee "Basin and Range" as contained in...

  

 

And, yes, I believe in God... and comets, and asteroids, and meteors.

 

15 posted on 09/25/2007 7:43:09 PM PDT by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: baynut

Well, it’s not exactly a celestial lottery, happening every Saturday Era and Wednesday Era.


16 posted on 09/25/2007 8:13:25 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: baynut

How come there is no sign of this major cooling in the Vostok data?


17 posted on 09/25/2007 8:27:34 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: DBrow
God could have easily caused the impact and worldwide super rain storm- proof that the Bible is again correct. Noah and his family were warned and survived. You don’t have to discount science when reading the Bible, and you don’t have to discount God when reading science.

Or a meteor could have caused the flood and men wrote about it. One such book that contains the story is the Bible. The Bible is a book written and printed by men. That we know.

18 posted on 09/25/2007 8:31:46 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: Rodm

“But no, they just can’t bring themselves to believe in God. “

I believe in God and believe the earth is a few billion years older than 6,000.


19 posted on 09/25/2007 8:37:19 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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another one...


20 posted on 09/25/2007 8:54:54 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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