More Evidence For Chicxulub Impact Being The Death Knell For Dinosaurs

We all of course have heard of this massive meteor impact and it is supposed that it was the cause of the end of the dinosaur days on Earth. I did not know they had found what appears to be a place, that when you think about it makes sense, where the massive tsunami – like wave (in this case a seiche) resulting from the impact would wash up a layer of what resulted in fossilized plant and animal debris. This debri layer has been found in North Dakota, and what they have been finding there is spectacular. I quote:

“This unique, fossilized graveyard — fish stacked one atop another and mixed in with burned tree trunks, conifer branches, dead mammals, mosasaur bones, insects, the partial carcass of a Triceratops, marine microorganisms called dinoflagellates and snail-like marine cephalopods called ammonites — was unearthed by paleontologist Robert DePalma over the past six years in the Hell Creek Formation, not far from Bowman, North Dakota. The evidence confirms a suspicion that nagged at DePalma in his first digging season during the summer of 2013 — that this was a killing field laid down soon after the asteroid impact that eventually led to the extinction of all ground-dwelling dinosaurs. The impact at the end of the Cretaceous Period, the so-called K-T boundary, exterminated 75 percent of life on Earth.”  …and:

“This is the first mass death assemblage of large organisms anyone has found associated with the K-T boundary,” said DePalma, curator of paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History in Florida and a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. “At no other K-T boundary section on Earth can you find such a collection consisting of a large number of species representing different ages of organisms and different stages of life, all of which died at the same time, on the same day.”  End Qoute.

Wow. This pic shows several fish fossils layered up.

fossilized fish

The only other thing I can think of where something like this might happen would be where a large body of water drained or dried up rather quickly, leaving the fish behind, to meet their fate. But the thing is these fossils are associated with huge amounts of tektites, glass gravel like objects formed by guess what? Meteor impacts. Debris gets blasted into the atmosphere, likely into space, and falls back to earth in a dangerous glassy rainstorm.

This pile of debri also has burned (it is thought the tektites rained down in such a massive scale the energy released would have ignited massive wildfires) plant matter from the time, and a few dinosaurs mixed in. All of this directly underneath the KT impact iridium layer. Making for a compelling case.

For much more in depth detail, read up on it here:

66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor

 

What A Way To Start The Day

Gotta get up at 4:30, hit the button on the coffee maker, get a cup of joe down, make some lunch for the wife, she has a 12 hour shift to pull. Get her off to work. Then I have to go home, pick up the shoes my son got with his rented tux for the prom and forgot to return with the tux, head to town, pay the light bill, then pick up my sister in law to drive to an appointment an hour away in the same town I need to drop off the shoes. I can handle this.

Got home from taking the wife to work, left to pick up the sister in law, as I was pulling up to the stop sign at the highway to turn, I saw a vehicle had wrecked in the woods straight in front of me, an arm hanging out the drivers window. I pulled into the highway, hit my emergency flashers, and headed in to the woods to investigate. As I approached I could tell it was a woman driver, and as I’m making my way to the vehicle I’m calling out “Ma’am can you hear me, are you ok?” No response. I get to the vehicle notice a young child in the back seat of the SUV, apparently unharmed (praise jeebus). I tap the woman on the shoulder looking for some response. The drivers door is all caved in, she is alive and I could see no visible outward signs of serious injury, but she was still quite addled from the wreck. I start making my way back to the car to call 911, but a gal had stopped behind my car and asked me if she needed to make the call, so I told her yes, and we need an ambulance. I’m heading back to the wreck and apparently the 911 operator had asked the young lady making the call how accesible the patient would be? To which I replied “it will be difficult to get her out.”

The lady was pretty big, I’d guess 250-260 lbs, the drivers door was smashed in and there was a console between the seats. Yeah, it wasn’t going to be an simple extraction.

I got back to the wreck and looked in on the young passenger, there was glass everywhere, the little girl (I’d guess a 1st or 2nd grader and dressed for school) was cool as a cucumber, I asked her name, she told me her name was Jasmine, and I told her I was going to get her out of the vehicle, which I did. At this point there were other people showing up, a young lady took to looking after miss Jasmine.

The drivers door was pretty unaccessible without a lot of tree branch removal so I went to the passenger side where the same work would be much easier. I got the door open and by this time the woman was coming around a bit, I told her an ambulance is on the way, then I asked her if there was another vehicle involved, she replied someone had come into her lane and she swerved off the road. I asked if she had anyone to pick up Jasmine, and she wanted Jasmine to go with her to get checked out. At which point I informed her Jasmine was fine, but I understand.

At this point a cop shows up, another one right behind him, the first cop asked me if I saw the wreck to which I responded “No, but I got here very soon after it happened.” He focused his attention to the driver and began asking all the questions as was his duty to do, I heard sirens coming from both directions indicating an ambulance and more police incoming, I saw Jasmine in good hands, and I told the cop you guys have got this “I’m clearing out.”

I still have shit to do today…

Headed for town, here come several more cops, the rescue squad, a state trooper, I knew right where they were going. I got to the in laws place, picked up the sister in law, we headed for her appointment. A couple miles out of town she inquired if I had the shoes? I forgot the damn shoes! Had to do a U turn and head back home for the stupid shoes. By the time I got to my turn to head home from the highway the scene had cleared, except for the wrecker retrieving the vehicle. It was pretty banged up, totaled I’m sure. Got the damn shoes and headed back out. The rest of the day uneventful so far, but I could use a stiff drink and perhaps a nap.

Hope you all are well as you read this. You just never know what sort of day it will be when you roll out of bed in the morning…

There Are No Transitional Fossils!

Well, according to those whose business model requires lying to their marks.

But wait just a minute, a new whale fossil (and we all know whales evolved from land based cow-like critters right?) from around 42.6 MYA has been discovered. And it is an amphibious intermediate form, with hooved feet. (and I did some grammatical research on hoofed vs. hooved it seems either is appropriate, and since the way I know to pronounce the word has ‘vvvv’ in it…)

The fossil was discovered along the coast of Peru.

I quote:

“The presence of small hooves at the tip of the whale’s fingers and toes and its hip and limbs morphology all suggest that this whale could walk on land, according to the researchers. On the other hand, they say, anatomical features of the tail and feet, including long, likely webbed appendages, similar to an otter, indicate that it was a good swimmer too.”

And interestingly:

“This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan.”

This is a pretty big deal in my book. An intermediate, amphibious form, of an animal we already know evolved in such a fashion. Now we have a transitional form (one of likely several yet to be found.) The con men, I mean preachers, and other spewers of fantasyland alternate realities for financial gain, as the likes of AIG, ICR, CSI and the very same Ken Ham (The liar in chief of AIG) I posted on recently, have some more hand waving to do.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404114455.htm

 

 

Highly Trained Detective

Am I.

I was browsing through some homo erectus literature just for the heck of it and I saw this pic as a reproduction of the skull:

…and the features rang a bell way back in the far recesses of my memory. I have seen that look before, but where? Then it dawned on me…

kenham

Evolution +1     Creationism 0

And while I was searching for a good Hambone pic I saw this:

Image result for ken ham pics

So it was fun, but ground already well plowed 🙂 In case anyone is wondering, Ken Ham is the creationist con man with an ark themed roadside creationist tourist trap in Kentucky. Yee Haw Y’all!