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Exploring abrupt climate change induced by comets and asteroids during human history

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Peter Brown publishes Taurid threat paper, dusts The Bos

May 24, 2019

An instructive video accompanies the paper I’m trying to get out of town for a beach weekend, but I’ve wanted to get this paper up for days. The newly prominent role of the Taurids among American space scientists, with the role of The Bos discussed in a recent Tusk post here, is peculiar but not […]

Book Review: Prehistory Decoded

By Dr. Martin Sweatman

April 25, 2019

Any follower of Catastrophism the last few years has seen extraordinary confirmations of ancient cataclysm and novel contributions to our way of thinking. To the Tusk, three revelations have characterized the period: The discovery of an extraordinarily youthful late Pleistocene crater in Greenland; a series of popular, comprehensive and unrefuted major journal articles with exquisite hard evidence for the Younger Dryas impact catastrophe; and the singular contribution of Dr. Martin Sweatman, as made in his fabulous book, Prehistory Decoded.

Waaaay Down South

Younger Dryas Boundary team publishes evidence from Chile in Nature for global climate cataclysm

March 14, 2019

The main objective of this study was to test the YDB impact hypothesis by analyzing a wide range of data from the Pilauco site in southern Chile. The following conclusions show that our data and interpretations are consistent with the YDB impact hypothesis and we found no evidence that refutes the hypothesis. (1) At Pilauco, […]

Ancient tree and plant parts found in Greenland's youthful Hiawatha Crater

Dr. Kurt Kjaer collecting samples at Hiawatha Crater

February 25, 2019

The large variety of Hiawatha impactite grains containing terrestrial organic matter with a likely age between 2.5 Ma and 50 ka support the conclusion in [1] that the crater itself is not much eroded and very young, and the possibility of an age of less than 50 ka remains open.  

Protesteth too much...

Vance Holliday disguises rant as lecture

February 24, 2019

The bibliography of the subject alone refutes Vance Holliday’s absolute and categorical rejection of all evidence for the YDIH in a recent lecture. There are simply too many groups publishing too many papers for all of the evidence to be entirely rejected by anyone, even a persistent critic like Holliday. For gosh sake, the world’s […]

Second suspected Greenland crater announced by NASA

Hat tip from Steve Garcia posted December 31st on the Tusk

February 11, 2019

Only at the Cosmic Tusk can you expect to see a major global announcement by NASA scooped by six weeks. Thanks to our blog’s most dedicated contributor, Steve Garcia: You heard it here first. See other, non-prescient, contemporaneous coverage here: NBC:  Immense crater may have been found deep under Greenland’s ice sheet PhysOrg: NASA finds possible second […]

Cuba popped by meteor

Same old sky snake

February 2, 2019

The Tusk doesn’t generally report on current impact phenomena, and focuses instead on past impacts. But it never hurts to show some cool videos on a blog. First is from terrified residents of Vianales, Cuba on February 1st, 2019, shocked by the delayed arrival of the concussion, and staring in wonder and disbelief at the […]

A concise but comprehensive bibliography of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

Version 1.5

January 31, 2019

Long on the list of goals here at the Tusk is to host the world’s most concise, attractive, accessible and informative bibliography of our favorite subject. A baby step in that direction is submitted below for your perusal, download and propagation. With the help of Marc Young, here is a list of what we believe […]

Oldie but goodie

2009 NOVA on the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

January 27, 2019

11:05 No crater? 48:23 Jim Kennett in a wonderful moment During a fleeting period at the end of the last decade, a decade ago, the YDIH was a burgeoning mainstream topic. So popular in fact that the “Cadillac” of science TV, PBS NOVA, did an absolutely beautiful hour-long 2009 episode on the ice age comet discovery and […]

Stickmen

The Bos and Vance Holliday in the funny papers

January 15, 2019

Some wag tweeted this funny cartoon today depicting the current state of affairs in Younger Dryas Boundary Research. The storyboard calls out The Bos and Vance Holliday for their willful ignorance with regard to the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. The clever and extraordinarily well informed cartoonist points out the awkward position The Bos has created for […]

Bright Insight

YouTube wisdom on Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

January 1, 2019

Jimmy at Bright Insight has posted a masterpiece of science and speculation concerning the YDIH. How do these guys do this? I would find it very, very difficult to prepare all this info and share it in such a coherent manner on camera. Some of his other videos are just tad too speculative, even for […]

Hiawatha Crater central peak

Hiawatha Discovery Team member Anders Bjork tweets 3D crater model

December 31, 2018

As most crater heads know, a “central peak” within a bowl shaped depression is diagnostic of a large “complex crater” resulting from a highly energetic (to say the very least) cosmic collision. Though NASA made an effort to point out the subtle peak features of Hiawatha Crater beneath a mile of erosive ice, the portion […]

Another crater?

Second feature found inland of Hiawatha may be hinted 2nd Greenland crater

Longtime Tusk buddy and dedicated Catastrophist Steve Garcia went crater hunting and located IMHO a great candidate for the second crater hinted at by NASA scientist Dr. Joe MacGregor of the Hiawatha Discovery Team. He was thoughtful to send the Tusk the first image below of the suspect dimple beneath a mile of ice. I […]

The Bos gets religion?

Mark Boslough discovers Taurid stream threat in late June -- 40 years after Clube and Napier

December 27, 2018

Oh, lordy, bring me my salts. I do feel the vapours coming on. You could have knocked the Tusk over with a feather at the Apple Store yesterday when my phone linked to the The Bos in the Washington Post, presenting at 2018 AGU, and pimping to the world: The Taurids are a threat! The […]

#Bosbet Update

Boslough mulls Tusk wager

December 23, 2018

@MarkBoslough @CosmicTusk @SnkBrs #bosbet pic.twitter.com/fH55oCVNBa — Patrick Hicks (@phicks7) December 21, 2018

Saginaw Bay fingered by gravity data as ice impact feature

Davias and Harris at Cintos.org vindicated

December 22, 2018

Wow. The cascade of stupefying new discoveries continues. A paper published today in the Journal of Great Lakes Research provides evidence from gravity anomalies that Saginaw Bay in Michigan is a remnant feature of an impact into an ancient ice sheet. This and the recent discovery of Hiawatha Crater make for an interesting configuration. But […]

Always a bride's maid...

Science has named nine scientific advances as runners-up for the 2018 Breakthrough of the Year.

December 21, 2018

Seriously, it is really cool to see Science Magazine name Hiawatha Crater as 2018 breakthrough story runner up — and with due reference to the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. The crater will be an intellectual gift that keeps on giving, and its better days are ahead. So I will go ahead and nominate the article […]

Ice Man speaketh

Mark Fahnestock discusses the evidence for Hiawatha Crater at 2018 AGU

December 17, 2018

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