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

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Astronomical Hypothesis for the YDB Impact Event

Paleolithic Extinctions and the Taurid Complex (2010) Centaurs as a Hazard to Civilization (2015) Excerpted from Wolbach et. al (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 and physically impossible,” whereas Napier et […]

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Burn Papers

A new day at the Cosmic Tusk

Papers #1 and #2 and Supplementary Materials Quick take at skeptic site NeuroLogica Tallboy – Widespread Panic (1997) The Tusk inaugurates our new look here by posting the most important paper in the peer-reviewed canon of the Comet Research Group since the original PNAS publication in 2007. It is truly a new day at the […]

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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 […]

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The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis since 2007

According to Hancock

I recently discovered an essay from Graham Hancock that manages to convey both the profound intellectual significance — and petty scholastic drama — of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis since 2007. Hancock doesn’t note his good timing, but as he writes in 2017 it is the 10th anniversary of the Comet Research Group’s Acapulco AGU presentations introducing […]

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The Younger Dryas Impact research since 2007

I recently discovered an essay from Graham Hancock that manages to convey both the profound intellectual significance — and petty scholastic drama — of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis since 2007. Hancock doesn’t note his good timing, but as he writes in 2017 it is the 10th anniversary of the Comet Research Group’s Acapulco AGU presentations introducing […]

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Knock Out

Joe Rogan hosts epic 3.5 hour podcast debating the Younger Dryas impact

Almost 24 hours later and I am still catching my breath. Last night’s Joe Rogan Experience podcast was pure heaven for the Tusk. As folks might have noted, the world’s most popular interview podcast has taken a long-standing interest in our subject. Graham Hancock has appeared on Rogan six times in recent years, I believe, […]

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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 […]

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Kloosterman: A man before his time

Kloosterman Trevor Palmer and the fine folks across the pond at the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies were thoughtful to contribute a newly translated 2000 monograph by Tusk favorite, Dutchman Han Kloosterman. It is a wonderfully prescient and learned piece that places Kloosterman’s field evidence (the Usselo layer) into centuries of context for catastrophic geology. The publication […]

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Cosmic Tusk Interview: Dr. Bill Napier

The Paper The Tusk has been interested for some time in conducting an occasional interview with players in fields related to cosmic catastrophes in human times. So much of the coverage of our subject is “drive-by” journalism, with uninformed reporters on deadline asking shallow, often misinformed, questions of key scientists and then writing a story […]

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Getting its propers: Younger Dryas Boundary takes center stage in Fall 2015 bestseller from Graham Hancock

Magicians of the Gods from Amazon The Joe Rogan Experience The Tusk has a large library of books related to catastrophism. I love them all. From the laboratory inspired to the ridiculously speculative, the range of publications touching on what happened 12,800 years ago is delightfully enormous. Unfortunately, many of these books have painfully small […]

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Andes to Alps: Mahaney et al. field evidence confirms cosmic cause for Black Mat from 10,000 BC

Wrote the book Recent Developments in the Analysis of the Black Mat Layer and Cosmic Impact at 12.8 ka Bibs and Bios: William C. Mahaney, Leslie Keiser, David H. Krinsley, Allen West!, Randy Dirszowsky, Chris C.R. Allen, Pedro Costa Article first published online: 6 DEC 2013 Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography Abstract: Recent analyses of sediment […]

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Mahaney....Again!: New Evidence from a Black Mat Site in the Northern Andes Supporting a Cosmic Impact 12,800 Years Ago

Source: JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY Volume: 121 Issue: 4 Pages: 309-325 DOI: 10.1086/670652 Published: JUL 2013 Abstract: Previous work has ascribed a cosmic impact origin to black, high-temperature, carbon-encrusted beds (2–3 cm thick), associated with the Younger Dryas readvance of ice at 12.8 ka during the Late Glacial in the northern Andes of Venezuela. The evidence […]

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WikiLies: Skeptical Raptor squelches science

The accuracy of information concerning the YDB event on the Wikipedia has always suffered from the dominance of a moderator describing himself as “Skeptical Raptor.” Watching the Raptor do his wiki-work has taught the Tusk that cynicism has few bounds — and the truth has few friends (that stay up that late at night). The Raptor […]

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Beautiful Blog: Naturalis Historia unpacks the science behind the YDB hypothesis

The YDB Event: The Most Recent Global Catastrophe in Human History? MAY 24, 2013 BY NATURAL HISTORIAN  The Chelyabinsk meteor explosion as recorded  by a dash-cam of  a truck.. Remember the meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this year?  A 50 foot diameter object exploded 14 miles above the surface of the earth and created a shock wave […]

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But seriously, folks: Harvard bangs a big fat Platinum nail in YDB critic coffin

BBC The Mail  Phys.org Crickets Stein B. Jacobsen? and here and here Program Note: More recent posts can be found below Large Pt anomaly in the Greenland ice core points to a cataclysm at the onset of Younger Dryas by George Howard The impact hypothesis (11), once declared dead (12, 13), recently gained new support from the discovery of siliceous scoria-like objects (SLOs) […]

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