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August 3, 2004

End Of The Giants

Reservations About The Theory

Aha, gotcha! No, it doesn't mean I've decided to kill off the "Giants" series.

Another item in CCNET questions the currently dominant theory that the dinosaurs were extinguished suddenly, following a major impact event. In U.S. Researcher Questions Triassic-Jurassic Mass-Extinction, Albuquerque Tribune, July 12, 2004, Spencer Lucas, curator of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, believes it was more the result of a series of minor extinctions spread over about 10 million years (by the conventional chronology). This would be in line with an item posted some years ago [BB "Early Earth" May 9, 1997] pointing out that in the conditions that exist today, dinosaurs would be not just awkward and ungainly, but plain impossible. Not just dinosaurs but the scale of all the biological engineering of the times indicates that the surface gravity of Earth long ago appears to have been significantly less than it is today. Cradle of Saturn touched on this and explored some possible reasons, one being that the Earth could have acquired more mass. (Maybe the impacts were a lot more serious than the odd rock making a hole that has been envisaged!)

My original comments were based on Ted Holden's article "Giants In the Earth," which appeared in The Velikovskian, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp.7-17.

 
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