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... come about through an unbalanced rise' of South America out of the waters of the Ocean. The forces, it is said, which lifted up the continent, acted more strongly in the north than in the south: hence the level of the former Inter-Andean Sea is not parallel to that of Lake Titicaca or the Ocean. Judging from palaeontological evidence, this uplift is said to have been quite recent', geologically speaking. It must, in fact, b#ave happened towards the end of the Tertiary Age. Then, quite suddenly, literally with a jerk, the Andes must have been raised up more than 12 300 feet on an average. The explanation given ...
... time, and of plant life too. The numerous practically or entirely sessile tribes were not only able to carry on agriculture and horticulture, but also to cultivate the arts and practise the sciences. At the time when Tiahuanaco was built, Andinia' was one of those tropical island refuges. This assertion is amply borne out by biological, palaeontological, and archaeological evidence. Among the biological proofs may be mentioned the occurrence of certain plants (stunted ferns, etc.) which seem to be out of place in so elevated a region, and the presence of hippocampi (sea-horses) in the cold waters of Lake Titicaca. Palaeontological proofs are, for example, the charred remains ...
43. The shaping of the earth's topography [Books]
... 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 | PART III The Consequences Of Cosmic Catastrophism CHAPTER 1:Geology and palaeontology I The shaping of the earth's topography The worldwide character of the devastations that may be caused by the shift of the polar axis, the slip of the lithosphere, the seismic and heat waves produced by the impact of giant meteorites, has been emphasized in the previous chapters. The existence of large masses of water (the oceans and ...
44. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... mammals. Secondly, vulnerability to change in temperature is greater in the cold-blooded reptile, like the alligator, and reptiles have ancestry more ancient than dinosaurs. The reptiles ought to have died out first as a result of such temperature variations. Another Missing Link Bites the Dust source: New Scientist 27.5 .82, p.572 Palaeontologists have a penchant for building up images of ancestral types or "missing links" from a few bones or teeth (see elsewhere this issue - "Mammals Had a False Start"). Thus Diacodexis, a rabbit-sized mammal which lived in the early Eocene, about 50 million years ago, and not very long after the terminal Cretaceous ...
45. The Cautious Revolutionary [Journals] [SIS Review]
... SMILE: REFLECTIONS IN NATURAL HISTORY by Stephen Jay Gould (New York and London: Norton, 1985) The essays of Stephen Jay Gould, which have appeared monthly in Natural History since 1974, have a deserved reputation for sparkle, perception, controversy and common sense. Gould is on the faculty of Harvard University, and is primarily a palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist, although he also teaches geology and the history of science. For relaxation he sings baritone with the Boston Cecilia Society, and has a liking for Gilbert and Sullivan as well as for Bach. His essays, collectively entitled "This View of Life", are intended to illuminate and examine all aspects of evolutionary theory ...
46. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... theoretical "death star" Nemesis, a postulated companion to our Sun, whose interaction with the Oort cloud of comets might cause periodic havoc in the Solar System. Now NATURE seems to have backed down on the idea. New calculations show that the orbit of Nemesis would not be stable, the cometary orbits do not fit, and the palaeontological record of major extinctions does not show the right periodicity! Another Iridium Extinction source: SCIENCE 226, p.437 Yet another anomalously high concentration of iridium has been found - in sedimentary rocks of the Canning Basin in NW Australia, dated to c.365 Myr ago and coinciding with a major extinction horizon at the boundary between the ...
47. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... dinosaurs themselves, and the high-browsing dinosaurs of the Jurassic were rapidly replaced by the low-browsers of the Cretaceous, these co-evolving with the flowers they ate. One might have expected Bakker to have looked for an extraordinary explanation for the eventual total extinction of these supremely well-established creatures at the end of the Cretaceous. However, in common with many other palaeontologists, he is more than happy to settle for the draining of shallow seas as the main cause, allowing previously separated species to mix, with unpredictable consequences. According to Bakker, the problem for the dinosaurs was that, before this happened, a few species had become far too successful, so the group as a whole had lost ...
48. Mammoth Update: A Reply to Ellenberger (Forum) [Journals] [Kronos]
... that "the carcasses that are preserved whole froze quickly enough to prevent their putrefaction, and being eaten by scavengers" fails to meet the observed facts. The contrary view, that the cadavers froze slowly, does not stem solely from the paper by the geologist Farrand (anathema to Ellenberger), for further contributions have been made by distinguished palaeontologists and biochemists and these prove that each beast was assaulted from both within and without before freezing became complete. Thus, frozen mammoth carcasses do show evidence of mutilation by predators in antiquity and as they thaw out they, and the surrounding soil, emit an odour characteristic of decomposition.(11) Most mammoths are encountered dismembered and partially ...
49. Perilous Planet Earth: Catastrophes and Catastrophism Through the Ages by Trevor Palmer. [Journals] [SIS Review]
... changed dramatically over the years. The two main themes are geology and evolution; both highly contentious subjects as soon as the word catastrophe is mentioned. This book is a major contribution to knowledge in this area as befits an author with Professor Palmer's academic background. It is aimed at professional academics and students from a variety of disciplines, including palaeontology, geology, evolutionary biology, history, astronomy and social anthropology. It deserves to be a set book on many degree courses. The book is in two parts. Part I: Catastrophism: The story of its decline and fall .. . and resurrection' and Part II: Catastrophes and the history of life on Earth' ...
50. Velikovsky Symposium- Florida, July 12 [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... , your observation of "changes in academic > thinking over the years" is missing an important point: > virtually none of that change has been the result of > "mythohistorical" analysis. It has been the result of > accumulated physical evidence and proposal and testing > of mechanisms with that evidence by conventional > astronomers, geologists, palaeontologists, and others. In > other words, Velikovsky's ideas and his advocates had > virtually nothing to do with it. This fact seems to be > neglected when advocates of Velikovsky mention the > changes that have occurred in the last few decades in > conventional science. Hold on there, Andrew, you're missing the point. The ...
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