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11. The Reality of Extinctions [Journals] [Aeon]
... From: Aeon IV:4 (Apr 1996) Home | Issue Contents The Reality of Extinctions Peter Michael James Extinction of the dinosaurs has always been a fitting topic for popular science, particularly because of the alleged link with meteorite impacts- which we shall return to later. In contrast, other extinctions have never caught the public imagination in quite the same way. Yet there have been equally dramatic events, some close to our own times. To name a few of the better known ones: A mere ten or eleven thousand years ago, something like 70% of the large animals of North America were wiped out. In South America, the percentage was even higher ...
12. Extinction And Survival [Books]
... II | III | IV | Chap 3: I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | Chap 4: I | II | III | IV | Chap 5: I | II | III | IIII | PART IV : Appendixes I | II | III | IV | Acknowledgements | Notes And References | II Extinction And Survival 1. It is generally believed that extinction is the consequence of `the struggle for the means of existence', which results in the `survival of the fittest'. This concept has become an article of belief since the publication in 1859 of Charles Darwin's book, The Origin of Species. It is explained at length ...
13. Catastrophism and Evolution [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Principal Lecturer in Biochemistry at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. Although it remains probable that natural selection is a major evolutionary mechanism, it no longer seems likely that evolution proceeds in an even-paced manner. Species tend to appear rapidly, by geological standards, and may eventually disappear equally abruptly, showing few morphological changes in between. On occasions, mass extinctions of species have taken place, to be followed by the rapid appearances of new species to fill vacant ecological niches. Astronomical evidence suggests that at least some mass extinctions are likely to have resulted from the impacts of comets or asteroids upon the Earth, while geological and palaeontological evidence is consistent with the extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous ...
14. Challenges to Evolutionary Gradualism [Books]
... boundaries, it subsequently became clear, had been determined by events that occurred only in Europe. Thus, Stanley described a limestone quarry in W. Maryland where there was no way of knowing where the Silurian ended and the Devonian began [10: p. 81]. Other boundaries, however, seemed to indicate times when a mass extinction of species had occurred on a world-wide basis. This was particularly true of the boundaries between the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras: indeed, John Phillips, then Professor of Geology at Oxford University, defined the main geological eras in 1860 on precisely this basis . We now know that half the families of marine organisms ...
15. The Hunting Or Blitzkrieg Theory [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... Vol 3 No 2&3 (1997) Home | Issue Contents The Hunting Or Blitzkrieg Theory Charles Ginenthal One of the main arguments of the overkill hypothesis is that the animals slaughtered, such as camels, llamas, two genera of deer, two genera of pronghorn, stag-moose, shrub-oxen, mastodons, mammoths, and horses, which became extinct in North America "had lived... for more than one million years in an environment devoid of ruthless, expert human hunters.... They never evolved the art of coexisting with so ruthless a predator."1 When we compare this to those that survived, such as "bison, moose, wapiti, or ...
16. Sagan's fourth problem: Terrestrial Geology And Lunar Craters (Carl Sagan & Immanuel Velikovsky) [Books]
... is no geological evidence for a global inundation of all parts of the world at any time between the sixth and fifteenth centuries B.C . If such floods has occurred, even if they were brief, they should have left some trace in the geological record. And what of the archaeological and paleontological evidence? Where are the extensive faunal extinctions of the correct date as a result of such floods? And where is the evidence of extensive melting in these centuries, near where the tidal distortion is greatest?" 2 A.A . Meyerhoff and H.A . Meyerhoff in discussing geologists, who advocate continental drift theory when they encounter evidence that contradicts their uniformitarian theory state ...
17. Extinction. Ch.14 Extinction (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... From "Earth in Upheaval" © 1955 by Immanuel Velikovsky | FULL TEXT NOT AVAILABLE Contents Extinction Many forms of life, many species and genera of animals that lived on this planet in a recent geological period, in the age of man, have utterly disappeared without leaving a single survivor. Mammals walked in fields and forests, propagated and multiplied, and then without a sign of degeneration vanished. "A considerable group have become extinct virtually within the last few thousand years. . . . The large mammals that died out [in America] include all the camels, all the horses, all the ground sloths, two genera of musk-oxen, peccaries, certain antelopes, ...
18. Catastrophism and Evolution [Articles]
... (afternoon session) Catastrophism and Evolution Trevor Palmer Although it remains probable that natural selection is a major evolutionary mechanism, it no longer seems likely that evolution proceeds in an even-paced manner. Species tend to appear rapidly, by geological standards, and may eventually disappear again equally abruptly, showing few morphological changes in between. On occasions, mass extinctions of species have taken place, to be followed by the rapid appearances of new species to fill vacant ecological niches. Astronomical evidence suggests that at least some mass extinctions are likely to have resulted from the impacts of comets or asteroids upon the Earth, while geological and palaeontological evidence is consistent with the extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous ...
19. Late Pleistocene Extinctions: No Evidence for Plato's Atlantis [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1987 No 2 (Jan 1988) Home | Issue Contents Late Pleistocene Extinctions: No Evidence for Plato's Atlantis by Trevor Palmer Books discussed: P. S. Martin and R. G. Klein (eds), Quaternary Extinctions: a Prehistoric Revolution (University of Arizona Press, 1984) C. Berlitz, Atlantis - the Lost Continent Revealed (London: Macmillan, 1984; London and Glasgow: Fontana/Collins, 1985) Z. Kukal, Atlantis in the Light of Modern Research, Earth-Science Reviews 21 (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1984) If, at a party, you were told a rather lengthy story by an old ...
20. Tektites, Wildfires and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1987 No 1 (Sep 1987) Home | Issue Contents Tektites, Wildfires and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs by Trevor Palmer Several recent discoveries have strengthened the argument that a global catastrophe occurred 65 million years ago (by conventional dating), bringing to a close the Cretaceous Period and wiping out the dinosaurs and many other groups of living creatures. As discussed in SIS Review VII:A , pp.9-20, the Alvarez team produced the first scientifically acceptable evidence of the cause, in the form of an iridium abundance anomaly at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (C-T) boundary. This could have resulted from the impact of an asteroid or comet, ...
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