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21. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... a cosmic scale and, in this behaviour, are both the West and Soviet Russia allies rather than foes?" Now here is an intelligent application of Velikovsky's ideas in the service of world peace. Rare Fossil Octopus source: New Scientist 20.1.83, p. 155 Palaeontologists have discovered the oldest known octopus fossil in the Ardèche region of southern France. There is some considerable excitement about this find, uncovered in the Ardèche marl and dated to c.155 million years ago, because the Proteroctopus specimen resembles the modern octopus far more strongly than ... , had discovered nothing significant. Worse, they refused to talk to Evans or even to look at his analysis! Hoagland compares them to the men who criticized Galileo and Leeuwenhoek but refused to look through their lenses. Is nothing new in the world of science? Palaeontological Problems on Ice source: Science vol. 218, 15.10.82, p. 284 Geologists are generally agreed that during the late Cretaceous and early Cenozoic periods there were land connections between South America and Antarctica and Antarctica and Australia, until the latter began to separate about ...
22. Book Review [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... are presented with an already diverse array of mammalian types. South America possessed an unique three basic stocks: marsupials, ungulant (hooved) herbivores, and the rather odd Xenarthrans (armadillos, sloths and anteaters). There is a great controversy over origins, and palaeontologists are still searching for missing links. Here, in the earliest South American Tertiary deposits, the ungulates are already diversified into most of their subsequent orders, many still small with unspecialised browsing teeth but including at least one larger, more specialised form (Carodnia) ... in these rocks, a fact that is glossed over in the conventional explanation that the area must have been well-watered and wooded. Coincidentally, around this time geological movements had caused South America to become connected to the North, and the Great American Interchange was beginning. Palaeontology is of necessity the piecing together of bits and pieces of evidence that are grossly incomplete. Simpson does a magnificent job on the story of the South American mammals and admirably lives up to his own recommendation: "the historian must distinguish between what is objectively known ...
23. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... . 34-51 An oil-shale area in Germany marks where a large lake once existed nearly 50 Myrs ago when life had recovered from the Cretaceous catastrophe. It appears that its anoxic sediments perfectly preserved the thousands of plants and animals which fell into it over the years, allowing palaeontologists to be able to reconstruct the climate and ecology of the area. The most common fish were related to species which today are able to exist in oxygen-low water by gulping air at the surface and the fossils of many bats could indicate that they died when flying ... was responsible for many cases of restoration on French buildings in the 19th century. The trouble was that he was so enamoured of the Gothic style that his restorations were largely reinventions from his own imagination. How many other historical restorations are fake? In the world of palaeontology a fossil first heralded in the National Geographic, Nov. 99, as a missing link between dinosaurs and birds, has been revealed as a fake with the tail of one fossil specimen from the famous Chinese deposits having been glued to the body of another, ...
24. Interdisciplinary Indiscipline [SIS C&C Review $]
... 8. Moore described their thesis as: "A new and revolutionary theory put forward by two distinguished astronomers at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.... Well, it seems to me that on your theory we can link comets not only with astronomy, with palaeontology [extinctions, geology [magnetic reversals, etc, archaeology [2nd millennium BC biblical catastrophes, etc, mythology [gods= planets, etc history [revised Egyptian chronology, etc.... So there we have it... new.. ... .. Baby dinosaurs had difficulty battering their way out.... Between this and other similar mutations, the whole group of magnificent creatures died out." [47 One might be forgiven for wondering how such a mutation spreads through the population! Compare the palaeontologist Adrian J. Desmond: "Erben found the shells becoming progressively thinner.... Dinosaurs were reacting to a brief [by geological standards but protracted period of stress in the same way as birds [their probable descendants today, by laying eggs with ever-thinning ...
25. Thoth Vol. I, No. 13 May 16, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... , during the last 20 years, a prolonged scientific revolution has once again brought catastrophism to the forefront of the natural sciences. Darwinian natural selection, long thought to hold all keys to evolution, is critically reappraised and revised in view of new astronomical, geological and palaeontological evidence. Trevor's book will most certainly accelerate the process of up-dating evolutionary theory by demonstrating how the theory of impact-generated evolution might help to explain many of the current anomalies. Whilst Stephen Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge, Steven Stanley or David Raup have come up with ... , particularly with regards to the scientific revolution in the fields of cometary astronomy, neo-catastrophism and evolution. Since the late 1970s, when Trevor began to write about these startling new research findings in SIS REVIEW, he has been continuously following the implications of impact-related research on palaeontology and evolutionary theory. Over the years, Trevor Palmer has been influenced by quite a number of neo-catastrophists and SIS speakers such as Rene Gallant, Archie Roy, Victor Clube, Ruppert Sheldrake, Chandra Wickramasinghe- to name be a few of the British players in ...
26. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... specialised metabolism called gigantothermy, which turtles do today. The mysteries of flight New Scientist 9.8.97, pp. 32-35, 24,5.97, p. 51, 28.6.97, p. 51, Scientific American May 97, p. 51, One of the most amazing palaeontological sites in the world has been found in the Xixian formation in China. Once the bed of a lake, it is now an area of semi-arid badlands. It contains a wealth of marvellously preserved fossils of plants, insects, reptiles, mammals with skin impressions ... birds has been found, dating to 60 Myrs later than Archaeopteryx. Its wings were too small to be able to fly but it could fold them like a bird. Australia was thought to have got its songbird population by stragglers arriving from other areas but now a palaeontologist is claiming that some fossilised bones indicate that they were present in Australia 25 Myrs earlier than in the northern hemisphere, where they are supposed to have evolved. Long before these fossils, in the late Permian period, lived the oldest flying reptile. It had ...
27. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... , the marine reptiles, the ammonites, the belemnites, the rudistids and many minor groups besides at the end of the Mesozoic". Ager's discussion of the fragmentary nature of both the sedimentary and the fossil records confirms what has already been commonly accepted by stratigraphers and palaeontologists. We know that many gaps exist in the stratigraphical record, which are gradually being filled by new information. Under the chapter heading of "catastrophic uniformitarianism", Ager gives special attention to rare geological events. He observes that "given time", the ... and the processes affecting it, the persistence of facies, gaps in the record, the "golden spike" principle, problems of the fossil record, catastrophism and uniformitarianism. It is a provocative book based on examples drawn from his own extensive experience in stratigraphic and palaeontological research. It challenges some of the basic principles of geology and in doing so brings into clear focus the need to examine and re-examine the record and re-interpret it in the light of new technical and theoretical advances in geology and the related natural sciences. I interpret ...
28. For the Record. . . [Kronos $]
... comet collision with the Earth destroyed the dinosaurs and initiated the Tertiary division of geologic time.'' Then, at the end of his brief essay and almost in passing, Urey suggested-- "It seems likely that interesting studies could be made by biologists and palaeontologists in regard to the selection of survivors of such catastrophes." That Urey failed to acknowledge either Worlds in Collision or Earth in Upheaval is more than disingenuous. Recently, between late 1975 and early 1976, several highly significant items dealing with evolution have appeared in ... the entire Earth, instead of merely to high latitude regions, and also causing the radiation belts to precipitate." Furthermore, "this enhanced level of radiation could lead to increased mutation rates among living species, thereby explaining sudden appearances and disappearances of species from the palaeontological record." These ideas of Uffen were studied in 1967 and found wanting. "Nonetheless, there is mounting evidence that a correlation does exist between major faunal extinction and geomagnetic polarity reversals. The validity of this correlation in fairly recent geological time seems to have ...
29. On the Disproportion between Geological Time and Historical Time. Part Two - of Earth, Fire and Water [SIS C&C Review $]
... of ever higher forms evolving by genetic mutation. What we observe are creatures endowed from the beginning with a sometimes large potential for variation within a fixed and preordained gene-pool. Thus, in order to save the belief that life evolved out of nothing, increasing numbers of palaeontologists are adopting Gould's hypothesis of 'punctuated equilibrium'- a theory to explain the lack of evidence for the theory. The suggestion is that macro-evolution (distinct from variation, or speciation) occurred (a) briefly and spasmodically following long periods of stasis, (b ... very large) has been ripped out of its bed and suffered abrasion during hydraulic transport. See, for example, M. E. Philcox: 'Growth Forms and Role of Colonial Coelenterates in Reefs of the Gower Formation (Silurian), Iowa', Journal of Palaeontology 45:2 (1971), pp. 338-46; Scheven: op. cit. [39, p. 10; D. B. D'Armond: 'Thornton Quarry Deposits: A Fossil Coral Reef or a Catastrophic Flood Deposit?' CRSQ 17 (1980 ...
30. Velikovsky In Collision [Kronos $]
... dogma. The Daily Worker saw in its popularity a sure sign of the bankruptcy of capitalism. And the professional astronomers raised a gale of derision and denunciation that is blowing intermittently still. I do not know of any such reaction by historians, archaeologists, geologists or palaeontologists to Earth in Upheaval. But it is perfectly safe to assume that if there are no such, it is because these specialists shared the astronomers' estimate of the theory, and accordingly ignored the later book. The most remarkable circumstances of the case, however ... , organic populations extinguished or decimated, civilisations overwhelmed, the diurnal motion interrupted, the month and the year lengthened, the axis of rotation changed-- and much else besides. In the evidence offered in Worlds in Collision for the theory, archaeology, geology and palaeontology play a minor part. Velikovsky's survey of the evidence from these fields for his theory is given in Earth in Upheaval, published in 1955. The book which he began first of all [Ages in Chaos, but published only in 1952, appeals to evidence ...
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