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141. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Review]
... is retained into adulthood.) If all this comes to be accepted, the inordinately long geological periods required for traditional evolution will no longer be needed; will dating systems also be questioned? How dinosaurs came to fly New Scientist 26.6 .99, p. 6, 28.8 .99, pp. 28-32 Although most palaeontologists now agree that birds evolved from small dinosaurs, how they developed flight is still not agreed. Some think they started jumping out of trees and evolved feathers for gliding, others that they ran along the ground and leapt at insects, their insulating feathers giving them an advantage in leaping higher and higher. Now it is suggested that they ...
... that nothing of the sort could have happened, and therefore all the witnesses must have been either mistaken or lying. However, a whole shower of meteorites landed in 1803, giving the new investigator, Jean Baptiste Biot, no option but to accept their extraterrestrial origin. Nevertheless, when Thomas Jefferson, President of the USA, who included palaeontology amongst his many interests, was told in 1807 that two Yale scientists were claiming that meteorites had recently struck the Earth at Weston, Connecticut, he is reported to have replied, "It is easier to believe that two Yankee Professors would lie, than that stones would fall from Heaven". In spite of prejudice such as this ...
... of evolution, but one cannot ignore them altogether. Moreover, when all the evidence is taken into account, the conclusion may well be reached that external factors have had a very significant effect on the course of evolution. On the basis of what we know, it might be thought that geologists (investigators of the Earth's crust) and palaeontologists (investigators of ancient life, mainly through the study of fossils) would long ago have found, even without the benefit of hindsight, clear evidence of at least one large-scale catastrophe since life originated on Earth, and that this would have resulted in catastrophic events being incorporated as an essential feature of evolutionary theory. Evidence of catastrophes was ...
144. An Unexplained Arctic Catastrophe [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Epoch' , New York, 1947, xviii, 598 pp.; see p. 523 Note by J. Bernard Delair So far as I know, no fish or aquatic mammals were recorded as being in the ice noted by Derek as part and parcel of the permafrost' beds, although from my own knowledge of the geology/palaeontology of the region concerned, primarily land animals, land molluscs and woodland trees form the overwhelming percentage of embedded organic remains. In some areas, though, completely frozen whales have been discovered along-side mammoths, woolly rhinos, etc., so I believe that both faunistically and environmentally mixed organic assemblages are represented in the permafrost' - a ...
145. Forum: In Defence of the Saturn Theory C&C Review 2002:1 [Journals] [SIS Review]
... the Long Night' recalled as the end of the world. The same cataclysms ravaged the surfaces of Venus, Mars, and probably the Earth, resulting in (among other things) the raining of Martian meteorites from the sky, a phenomenon which continues to this day. Dwardu Cardona's lecture at the same conference outlined the compelling geological and palaeontological evidence supporting the polar configuration . If this is crypto-uniformitarianism' I'll eat my hat. Peter James, on the other hand, leaves little doubt about where he stands on this issue. He holds it as self-evident that many of the characteristics of the ancient planet gods can be explained in terms of an ordinary Solar System ...
146. Chapter VII: The Earth [The Age of Velikovsky] [Books]
... . But then he might have not noticed certain things, since "experts always tend to obscure the obvious".18 As a generalist, Ager concludes that frequently too much reliance is placed on uniformitarianism in the interpretation of the fossil record. His discussion of this subject leads to what he calls the second proposition of his book: "PALAEONTOLOGISTS CANNOT LIVE BY UNIFORMITARIANISM ALONE19 He also calls this the "Phenomenon of the Fallibility of the Fossil Record". Several examples serve to illustrate Ager's contention that a portion of the record is missing. He also offers some calculations based on observed sedimentation rates and notes that in some cases it would take over 200 years, at present rate ...
147. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Review]
... (New Scientist, 29.3 .03. p. 27) A large and weird looking mammal-like reptile, thought to have become extinct 220 Myrs. ago, apparently survived in a remote corner of Gondwana for more than 100 Myrs., taking it into the dinosaur age. Such cases of lengthy survival times always create problems but palaeontologists never seem to question the dating systems they use. Behavioural Survivals (National Geographic, April 2003, p.115) The Tibetan Antelope migrates 200 miles every year from southern to northern pastures where the grass is actually sparser. There seems to be no adaptive reason for this unless it is a survival of a behaviour pattern from 5 ...
148. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... of land and river animals from an area bordering the ancient, shallow Tethys Sea. However, the bones around the ear region show that it had little of the later whale's adaptation to deep diving. The slow evolution of a hooved, wolf-like animal into a whale as it ventured further and further out to sea (as pictured by the palaeontologists), leaves a lot to the imagination! Such evolution would also not have been so slow: the entire Eocene period, notably one of considerable tectonic activity, lasted only 16 Myr. Venus-Embarrassingly Hot sources: New York Times 22.5 .83 Bridgeport Post 23.5 .83 Six-year-old James E. Brown found an error ...
149. Radioactive Fossil Bones (Comments) [Journals] [Catastrophist Geology]
... the Galaxy. This must cause increases in radiation and in the speed of the Earth, the formation of mountains, and a huge production of radioactive ashes .. . A strong rise in radiation must have led to massive deaths of animals, and the fossilised bones could have preserved the radioactivity. Such remains can be readily found at the Palaeontological Museum of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. With the support of professor A.P .Rybkin, of K.K .Flerov, and of L.B .Plokharovoic and E.M .Sakharov from the Institute of Nuclear Physics (M .G .U .) , and with the help of E. ...
150. The SIS Evolution Debate Continued [Journals] [SIS Review]
... from events and processes in the ecological hierarchy itself (Eldredge, 1985, p. 185). Similarly, births of genealogical elements above the level of an organism are largely a reaction to events and processes in the ecological hierarchy. By taking a look at evolution from the top down - that is, from the coarse-grained perspective of a palaeontologist - Eldredge feels obliged to conclude that evolution is "a matter of producing workable systems - organisms that (1 ) can function in the economic sphere and (2 ) can reproduce. Once the system is up and running, it will do so indefinitely - until something happens. Nearly always, that something is physicochemical environmental change. ...
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