George Howard
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Brothers of the Serpent

Tusk appears with Serpentine Siblings

From my new friends, Brothers of the Serpent  Episode #078: George Howard We have a very special episode for all you snake sibs out there, we interviewed Mr. George Howard, who has been involved with the Comet Research Group from the very beginning in the work on the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, which we have spoken […]

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Tusk on the Carolina Bays

What I REALLY think

In the weeks following the Hiawatha Crater discovery, I took the opportunity to post a personal note concerning the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis on my Facebook page. Deeper in the thread as a result of some comments I took the opportunity to give my “2018 take” on the Carolina bays. Here is my comment, excerpted […]

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Greenland icebergs may have triggered Younger Dryas

Hiawatha?

This paper from five years ago seems consistent with the Hiawatha Impact Crater. Some 13,000 years ago, as the last Ice Age seemed to lose its cold grip on the Earth, the temperature suddenly plunged again. Up to now, scientists believed that the Younger Dryas cold reversal was caused by great amounts of Canadian meltwater […]

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Mucked Up

A year later, not a word on Alaska paper in Nature with evidence for repeated cataclysm

It’s hard to be cynical enough in this game. I noted today that “Science Communicators,” a recently discussed poorly adapting subspecies, have yet to mention this blockbuster paper in Nature Reports one year ago. Specifically, there is credible preliminary evidence contained by the bucketful that there was a catastrophe prior to the Younger Dryas Impact that […]

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The Hiawatha Crater and Global Warming politics

Science communicators give tongue to cats

In addition to the recent history of the earth, its animals, and mankind, the Hiawatha Crater discovery may have something else to teach us. The Tusk finds the real-time sociological implications of the crater as fascinating and instructive as the feature itself. I’m obsessed by what the new information reveals about the motivations and perspective […]

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100,000,000 - 1

Sweatman and Coombs lay odds on Gobekli Tepe and the Younger Dryas comet

Martin Sweatman, like The Bos, is a betting man. But in this instance I want his side of the wager. Today Sweatman published a masterpiece of original, rational statical analysis reporting a series of planetary catastrophes as recorded by our elders in ancient symbols in cave art and carved rock. The historic rejection of ancient animal […]

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Saginaw Bay to Hiawatha Crater

Via the Nastopoka Arc in Hudson Bay

       

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Tall el-Hammam is biblical Sodom

Cosmic impact destroys lost city of the Levant in 1700 BC

DENVER — A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest. Radiocarbon dating and unearthed minerals that instantly crystallized at high temperatures indicate that a massive airburst caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere instantaneously destroyed civilization in a 25-kilometer-wide […]

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Bos Bet

Tusk takes Mark Boslough up on Younger Dryas crater probability challenge

Who knew? The Bos is a betting man. The recently retired federal scientist, global warming enthusiast, and unsuccessful Republican candidate for the New Mexico State Senate, tweeted his interest in a wager this week concerning the likelihood that the Hiawatha impact in Greenland would have occurred recently enough to cause the Younger Dryas climate crash, […]

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Tusk on Hiawatha

A recurring thread as things develop in the short term

What a week. The announcement of the Hiawatha Crater is hands down the most important development in the eight year history of the Tusk. Lest I remind you, when your blog’s tagline is “Exploring abrupt climate change induced by comets and asteroids during human history”, and Science publishes a feature article titled: Ice Age Impact: […]

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Intrigue at Science

Blockbuster Science story reporter Voosen dishes on Twitter

Speaking of journals, this paper spent a long time gestating, passing through more than a dozen reviewers, I believe, who skimmed away the informed speculation. Was that partly due to the possible Younger Dryas tie? Probably. As a coauthor put it, they faced an unfairly high bar. — Paul Voosen (@voooos) November 15, 2018

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First Younger Dryas Impact Crater Found: Greenland

In the morning this old world wont be the same

Bos Bet… Voosen article in Science Magazine Seven Ages Daily Mail National Geographic BBC NYT MSN Oh, happy day! The Tusk heard about this discovery confidentially in March but the following nine months were characterized by an uncertain confidence this day would truly come. We had published evidence for a decade, and knew a climate […]

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Czech Mate

Central Europeans confirm Laacher See volcanic eruption preceded cosmic impact at Younger Dryas start

See another blockbuster confirmation of the Younger Dryas cosmic impact below. I keep a pretty close eye on our subject but had no idea such intricate, original and thorough work was underway in the Czech Republic. Gunther Kleteschka has appeared on several YDB papers, but has clearly been busy in his own laboratory collecting entirely […]

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Wally Broecker says a cosmic impact caused the Younger Dryas

"Although I don’t for a minute believe that this impact did in the mammoths and the Clovis people, I do think that it triggered the YD"    

I realize that this subject is distasteful to many because of the early false claims. But the new evidence suggests that there was some kind of extraterrestrial impact. Hence it should be given further study.   What a significant and pleasing development. Wally Broecker has endorsed a cosmic impact as the cause of the Younger […]

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Science News questions science

I was about ten when my mom bought a Science News subscription for the Tusk. Week after week the thin, frequent, small format publication filled my desk, and ultimately the floor of my room. The rush of science coverage came so quickly I sometimes felt guilty as a little guy for not reading every article. […]

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Chandra Wickramasinghe on the NASA Mars announcement

Panspermia increasingly vindicated

The Tusk is honored to maintain a digital acquaintance with distinguished Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, who in the 1970’s with Sir Fred Hoyle established — and to my mind proved — the theory of Panspermia. We had been corresponding concerning the jaw dropping recent genetic study, when NASA announced today’s press conference. I asked Dr. C […]

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BioBang

Catastrophic panspermia induces 9 of 10 species within human history

Panspermia 2013 The Tusk recieved an extraordinary paper recently and immediately pinged our digital acquaintance for commentary, world treasure: Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe. “Chandra, I hope you are well. A friend of the Comet Research Group\YDB team just sent around an announcement of the following discovery: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-gene-survey-reveals-facets-evolution.html A large-scale genetic comparison has discovered that 90% of […]

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Tusk on Seven Ages Podcast

Seven Ages Audio Journal

I had a blast last week joining the hosts of my favorite new podcast: Seven Ages Audio Journal. Like the Tusk, veteran podcaster Micah Hanks and his science bros Jason Pentrail and James Waldo attempt the difficult balance between hard science, responsible speculation and perhaps some entertainment. I think they recognized me as a “fellow […]

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Catastrophism

An Overview from Dr. Martin Sweatman

A friend sent me this paper from Dr. Martin Sweatman who gained international notoriety last year with a previous journal article linking the world’s most ancient temple, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, with the Younger Dryas Impact. The Tusk enjoyed that paper and was pleased to see Sweatman make a second contribution to our field; this […]

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An Astronomical Hypothesis for the Younger Dryas Impact Event

Ignored by The Bos

Paleolithic Extinctions and the Taurid Complex (2010) Centaurs as a Hazard to Civilization (2015) Excerpted from Page 11 Wolbach et. al Part One (2018)   Astronomical Hypothesis for the YDB Impact Event Regarding the probability of a swarm of cometary fragments hitting the Earth, Boslough et al. (2013) claimed that the YDB event is “statistically […]

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