This certainly would appear to be the case. Throughout the geologic record there is evidence of mass extinction and geologic catastrophes. The theory that a giant asteroid struck the earth about 65 million years ago and thus precipitated the demise of the dinosaurs is now widely accepted as a fact. As recently as just a few years ago, that theory was scoffed at until the remains of an ancient crater were found in the Yucatan. That same school scoffed at Alfred Wegner’s theory about plate tectonics “The Origin of the Continents and Oceans” back in the early days of the 20th century, but today that theory is considered the grand unifying theory of the geological sciences.
One of the greatest remaining mysteries to modern geology is found within the most recent episode of mass destruction which occurred in the geological age called the Pleistocene; the age just before the Holocene, which is the age of Man. This extinction event appears to be linked with the Ice Age. The evidence consists of vast “animal cemeteries” found in many places around the world, which seem to show a catastrophic and sudden destruction of life all across the planet only a few thousand years ago.
This evidence was documented by many back in the 19th century, but this evidence was mostly ignored by the leading scientists of the day because it did not fit into the prevailing scientific paradigm. This evidence is still mostly ignored today, although the Young Earth Creationists have seized upon it as proof of Noah’s flood. It is actually proof of the flood which happened just before the time of Genesis 1:2, the time when all life on the surface of the Earth had been wiped out.
For those of you in a hurry, here is a sampling of references by several scientists cited within that paper:
ON THE GENERAL TOPIC OF ANIMAL CEMETERIES, ONE SOURCE WROTE:
IN A REFERENCE TO A SITE IN ITALY ANOTHER WROTE:
IN ONE OF HIS EARLY WRITINGS, EVEN CHARLES DARWIN COMMENTED ON WHAT HE SAW IN THE FOSSILS OF SOUTH AMERICA:
A CONTEMPORARY OF DARWIN COMMENTED:
FROM A BOOK TITLED “THE MAMMOTH AND THE FLOOD” BY SIR HENRY HOWORTH, THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCERPTS ABOUT DATA HE GATHERED FIRST HAND IN SIBERIA:
HENRY HOWORTH HAD THIS TO SAY ON ANIMAL CEMETERIES:
IN SUMMARIZING HIS COMMENTS ON HOWORTH AND THE OTHER SOURCES CITED, ARTHUR CUSTANCE MADE THESE OBSERVATIONS:
Although I do not personally subscribe to all the doctrines which the late Arthur Custance put forth in his vast collection of papers, I do feel that he presented a good argument for the evidence of a great universal catastrophe in the days before true man was placed upon the earth. Although the exact mechanics of the total event are not yet understood, there is ample supporting evidence for a vast and violent flood as the destructive agent; a flood BEFORE the flood of Noah’s days. This would be consistent with the gap of Genesis 1:2 and the condition of the earth at that point in time. Lastly, there is a more contemporary observation that I extracted from a published interview and story by Linda Moulton Howe of www.earthfiles.com and is reprinted here, in part, by written permission of the copyright holder.
Although I do not personally subscribe to all the doctrines which the late Arthur Custance put forth in his vast collection of papers, I do feel that he presented a good argument for the evidence of a great universal catastrophe in the days before true man was placed upon the earth. Although the exact mechanics of the total event are not yet understood, there is ample supporting evidence for a vast and violent flood as the destructive agent; a flood BEFORE the flood of Noah’s days. This would be consistent with the gap of Genesis 1:2 and the condition of the earth at that point in time.
Lastly, there is a more contemporary observation that I extracted from a published interview and story by Linda Moulton Howe of www.earthfiles.com and is reprinted here, in part, by written permission of the copyright holder.
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12,000-Year-Old Human Hair DNA Has No Match With Modern Humans Copyright 2001 by Linda Moulton Howe – All Rights Reserved.
October 28, 2001 Woodburn, Oregon – Human hair dating back to the last Ice Age ten to twelve thousand years ago was discovered in 1999 at an archaeological dig in Woodburn, Oregon between Salem and Portland. The Ice Age site is filled with the bones of elephants, sloths, condors and a bird with a 14-foot wingspan. The unidentified human hairs were found perfectly preserved a few feet underground and had enough follicles for DNA analysis. This week I talked with geology professor emeritus, William Orr, at the University of Oregon, about DNA efforts to match the Ice Age hair to any living hominoid species on earth today.
Evacuation units at Woodburn, Oregon Ice Age archaeological site were prepared and excavated. Some units were skim shoveled and then trowled so that animal limbs and fauna could be extracted without harm.
William Orr, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Geology, University of Oregon, and Director of the State Museum of Paleontology, Eugene, Oregon: “You can identify human hair, forensic criminologist types, can identify human hair from a single strand because of the granules and color and all that kind of stuff. You can distinguish human hair from all other hair just from a little piece of follicle.”
DNA analyses of hair follicles found at the site have so far failed to find a match with any known human racial type living on earth today.
“We found several strands of human hair, long pieces a foot and a half long, black, long pieces of hair. And then if you can find the root of the hair that still has a follicle, you can do DNA on it. So researchers immediately sent the (Ice Age) hair off to a lab and they began to extract the DNA. Some of it was not so good, but a lot of it was well preserved in the oxygen-poor bogs of Woodburn. The geneticists found the hair didn’t match any Asian hair DNA. It didn’t match African, European. It didn’t match anything. Dogma would be that Ice Age humans along the west coast of the United States would be from a Japanese population that is alleged to have come over the Bering Sea back twelve to thirteen thousand years ago.”
“So right now we have DNA we can’t track. We can’t figure out what it’s from. Apparently from a population we don’t have today. They are gone. And it’s only 11,000 or 12,000 years old. About that time period, there was a huge crisis in animals. The larger animals all disappeared and they disappeared in a wave. They disappeared first in British Columbia and then in Washington, Oregon, California and right on down. Some were still around until 10,000 years ago in Tierra del Fuego. So, it was like a wave of extinction at the rate of about 10 miles per year.”
Howe: “SO THERE IS A MYSTERY ABOUT WHAT KILLED OFF ALL OF THESE MAMMALS IN WAVES TEN OR TWELVE THOUSAND YEARS AGO?”
Orr:William Orr, at the University of Oregon “Oh, yes. In fact for my money, it’s far more profound than the crisis that killed off the dinosaurs and a few other animals at 66 million years ago. This (western North American) was more sudden, more pervasive. It kind of selectively took the large animals in a short period of time.”
Howe: “HOW DEEP DOWN WERE THE HAIRS FOUND?”
Orr:William Orr, at the University of Oregon “The deepest ones were from ten to twelve feet, but a lot of them were from much shallower depths. It’s an old stream bed and we just took a little auguring device to core down and began getting well-preserved hair out of the clays. The Woodburn stuff it’s like putting it in a deep freeze, or a glad bag and freezing it. It’s an anoxic environment (no oxygen). You wouldn’t believe the insects come out with colors still. And as you watch them, the color changes from the iridescent blue-green back to a kind of dull black, just in the exposure as they oxidize before your eyes. Even the butterflies come out with pigment and then they just change color.”
Howe: “IT’S ALMOST AS IF THEY WERE QUICK FROZEN?” (see note AAIn reference to the remarks about the remains being preserved almost as if “Quick Frozen” this is extremely interesting, as such is consistent with the finding of Wooly Mammoths from the … Continue reading & BBRecently a nuclear scientist, Richard Firestone, reported finding “impact regions” on mammoth tusks found in Gainey, Michigan, which were caused by high velocity magnetic particles rich … Continue reading)
Orr:William Orr, at the University of Oregon “Almost.”
Original Source: kjvbible.org
|↑1, ↑2, ↑5||William Orr, at the University of Oregon|
|↑3||In reference to the remarks about the remains being preserved almost as if “Quick Frozen” this is extremely interesting, as such is consistent with the finding of Wooly Mammoths from the same period in time whose remains indicate they too appear to have been quick frozen (many links can be found on the Internet which document that particular find). By interpretation, in the context of the Gap Theory doctrine, this is compelling evidence of a sudden and catastrophic end to life on this planet in the old world. If the sun (indeed the entire cosmos) of the old world suddenly went dark, by whatever agency, these findings would be consistent with such an event and the conditions on the Earth before the regeneration of the heavens and earth [Genesis 1:2].|
|↑4||Recently a nuclear scientist, Richard Firestone, reported finding “impact regions” on mammoth tusks found in Gainey, Michigan, which were caused by high velocity magnetic particles rich in elements like titanium and uranium. Firestone says that based on his discovery of similar material at a North American Clovis site, he estimates that comets (possibly produced by a relatively close supernova) struck the solar system during the Clovis period, roughly 13,000 years ago. This time frame, of course, closely correlates with the other evidence presented for an Extinction Level Event (ELE) on the Earth between approximately 13,000 – 10,000 years ago. Here is a link to the full article: “Comets Hit Early Americans, Scientist Says” There are additional links concerning such observations in the following chapter.|