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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: […]

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. […]

Oldie but Goodie

Dendrochronologist Mike Baillie on impacts more recent than Younger Dryas

Hear the British Library interview Dr. Baillie Jonny McAneney’s Tusk comment on his collaborator Mike Baillie’s paper: This is an important paper, but it is equally important to point out that scientific understanding has moved on in the decade or so since this was published. I have posted before on this site about the corrections […]

Temple Trauma

Tepe Telegram sneers at Sweatman and Tsikritsis; ignores probabilities; S&T respond

Open Letter: Napier on Defant and the Joe Rogan podcast

Bill Napier sent the Tusk a note regarding Joe Rogan’s unforgettable debate-style podcast on the Younger Dryas Boundary Hypothesis. Bill’s message is posted below my rant here. His informed correction of Marc Defant’s self-styled skeptical authority on comets is priceless and instructive. A cultural genre of all-purpose professional “skeptics,” like Defant and Shermer, have emerged since […]

The Cosmic Tusk Carolina Bay media file

Click here for a public link to the file The Tusk has had several requests for Carolina Bay images lately, including drone video for a forthcoming episode of “What On Earth?”, the most popular show on Discovery Science. In the process of putting my material together in one place, I realized how cool it would […]

World's leading website: Daily Mail online touts full story of Younger Dryas impact significance

Daily Mail on the Younger Dryas Impact Suppose all the wildest theories and historical conspiracies of novelist Dan Brown were proven true. And the mind-reading, spoon-bending claims of Israeli psychic Uri Geller all turned out to be real as well. That wouldn’t be half as extraordinary as the announcement in an obscure scientific journal this […]

Burchard on 12,900 years ago

Hermann Burchard Download the PDF file .

Datestamp: World's oldest monument memorializes Younger Dryas comet impact

  Response from Gobekli Tepe dig and back at you from Edinburg What DID that fox say? Times of London YouTube Ok, I’ve finally found a little time to provide some commentary after posting the Gobekli Tepe \ YD Comet paper last week. I have more substantive comments underway (believe it or not) but first I […]

Recent papers critical of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis: Daulton and Scott

  I have provided some counter points below to the arguments made in the recent publications from Daulton and Scott (regular critics). However, I was particularly disturbed to see that the papers failed to include very significant confirmations of our work, for instance Adronikov 2016. Unlike Tian (2011) and Bement 2014. Daulton claims failure to […]

Comet Research Group responds to Robert Schoch

Robert Schoch Dr. Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., of Boston University, is a thought provoking scientist with an open-minded approach to new ideas. Unfortunately his interest in disruptive theories has never extended itself to the Younger Dryas Boundary hypothesis, as he details on his webpage in a critique titled “Controversies Concerning the End ofthe Last Ice Age.” His […]

Grab an oar: Comet Research Group crowd appeal goes live on Indiegogo

Hey folks, I will make this short and expand and update in the future. The newly formed Comet Research Group crowd appeal for funding ancient impact research is on the air — and your help is desperately needed. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the Tusk. And […]

Comet Research Group crowdfunding appeal reschedules launch to Monday, November 14th: Graham Hancock to appear on Joe Rogan podcast Tuesday the 15th

The Comet Research Group crowdfunding effort announced on the Tusk last month, and originally scheduled for November 1st, was pushed back in the interest of avoiding the pending election hysteria. The new date of Monday, November 14th also helps place the launch at a more promising time, a day before a key appearance of author Graham […]

Big News: Crowdfunding appeal coming November 1st [Now 14th!] for new 'Comet Research Group'

The Tusk has an exciting announcement. For many months a project has been underway to develop a crowdfunding campaign to finance a significant and continuing expansion of research into the YDB impact and related phenomena. Drs. Allen West, Ted Bunch, Chris Moore and I are directing the effort, which launches on November 1 and will introduce […]

Awkward but promising: Compromise paper from Andronikov & Van Hoesel

The presence of a possible meteoritic component in the same sediments suggests that an ET event occurred at approximately the same time. However, whether the presence of the meteoritic component is due to a local meteorite impact/airburst or to a much stronger event remains unclear. Anyway, it is quite possible that some short and dramatic event […]

Close to home

  Regular readers of the Tusk know we don’t dwell here on modern day cosmic interactions. But that was yesterday. Today a best buddy and long-time co-worker, Worth Creech, came into my office shocked to report….he had actually seen…..a daytime fireball in Raleigh! Well, I’ll bee. The Tar Heel State had an encounter with the […]

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