Sources recently pointed me to this interesting story by way of the CBC about the extinction of famed “megafauna” species (like mastodons, sabretooth tigers and giant sloths). It suggests they may have disappeared because of the effects of a meteor impact about 13,000 years ago. Another confirmation of the theory of catastrophism (which I’ve written about here), the dynamic transformations in the earth’s natural systems and their relationship to extraterrestrial influence. The most famous example of this phenomena is the K-T boundary, a concentrated layer of iridium left from a cosmic source that speaks to the cataclysm which pushed the dinosaurs off the top of the evolutionary pile about 65 million years ago.

I’ve discussed this phenomena before, but it looks like it may be a more frequent phenomena than we think. Hard to imagine the kind of “climate change” that would result from such an event…

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3 Responses to “Bang!”

  1. Sapiens Says:

    Catastrophism and cataclysm were once the great sources of dynamic transformations. Now we have no one else to blame but ourselves. What will future generations say about our ignorance and greed? What condemnations will they utter because they have no clean water to drink in Alberta? When the Grand Banks are devoid of life-forms due to dragging and oil drilling? When the great polar bears, and majestic aquatic mammals are gone from our Arctic shores? When the ancient boreal forest is finally eaten away by clear cutting and plagues of pine beetles? When the toxic sludge of mining operations destroys the great rivers? When there are no more wild salmon? What will they say when the ‘clean’ nuclear power plants dissolve into countless Chernobyls? When our factory-farms unleash pandemics? What will they say in one hundred years, or in one thousand?

  2. The Necromancer Says:

    The hand of man has become the most powerful force for environmental change this planet has ever known.

  3. Near Miss « The Necromancer Says:

    [...] pointed me to this little nugget, by way of the CBC. I’ve written about this kind of thing before, but it never ceases to amaze — the flotsam and jetsam of the universe. Helps recall that [...]

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