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  1. #1 Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago 
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    This new paper,
    Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago that contributed to the megafaunal extinctions
    and the Younger Dryas cooling
    which is open access at PNAS (i.e. dowloadable free) presents what its title says.

    http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/104/41/16016


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    This new paper,
    Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago that contributed to the megafaunal extinctions
    and the Younger Dryas cooling
    which is open access at PNAS (i.e. dowloadable free) presents what its title says.

    http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/104/41/16016
    Ooooh! So the current theory that it was due to human incursions (particularly in the Americas with the Clovis people implicated) may actually be wrong! Oh my word. Thanks for that.

    Actually... it still wouldn't account for the megafaunal extinctions in Australasia...


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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrio
    Actually... it still wouldn't account for the megafaunal extinctions in Australasia...
    or in south america
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrio
    Actually... it still wouldn't account for the megafaunal extinctions in Australasia...
    or in south america
    You've lost me. I thought the main megafaunal extinction in the Ameriicas as a whole had been linked to that period (including giant sloths and the like, of the South American megafauna). Have I got my dates wrong?
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    The paper only considers North America because that's where their research was done, at 50 Clovis sites. This doesn't necessarily mean there's no connection with extinctions on other continents but the authors wouldn't make this claim since they only have evidence from North America.

    This paper is controversial and exciting, according to my bro-in-law archeologist, who is going to look for evidence of the event at his own site in Florida.

    The Australian megafauna went extinct about 46,000 YA, amazingly close the time of the first human settlement which is highly suggestive of a link between the two events, but clearly nothing to do with this much more recent bolide theory.
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