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In the last few years, mainstream science has been slowly warming to the idea that our planet’s past has been punctu­ated and profoundly changed on numerous occasions by collisions with debris from space, but the conventional wis­dom is that all of that was a very long time ago—millions of years ago. But was the Earth victim to a great asteroid hit as recently as 13,000 years ago? After all, there is evidence that at about that time, after having partially emerged from the last great ice age, something caused the planet to plunge back into the deep freeze for another thousand years. The transition is marked by a great—several centimeters thick—soot layer still visible in many spots through­out America. Then there are the many nanodiamonds found only in meteor craters. But an asteroid? Many scientists have said no, since such a strike could not account for over-the-horizon phenomena such as continent-wide wildfires.

Professor Bill Napier of Cardiff University Astrobiology center has another idea though—a very scary one. The Earth was struck 13,000 years ago, says Napier, within a single hour by literally thousands of the Tunguska-class fragments from an enormous disintegrating comet. The result was the death of 35 genera of North American mam­mals, the breakup of the Palaeoindian culture, a renewed planet-wide cool-off of as much as 8 degrees C, and centu­ries more of ice.

According to Napier the comet entered the inner solar system between 20 and 30 thousand years ago and has been fragmenting ever since, creating several closely related swarms of meteors and asteroids known as the Taurid Com­plex. We have periodically encountered that debris many times and it has seldom been fun. Once again it appears that the catastrophist school of human history has a better case than orthodoxy has believed.

Napier’s new model has been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.


When, in 1952, Immanuel Velikovsky published Ages in Chaos, the scientific world recoiled at his suggestion that the biblical stories of the plagues of Egypt and the ensuing exodus of the Israelites might be true. The maverick Russian scientist had produced a great deal of evidence but his ideas, it was felt, could be safely dismissed, since he was obvi­ously a crank. Now respected scientists at the leading edge of archaeology are declaring that the biblical story of the plagues is probably true.

The new research presented in a National Geographic documentary in April does not cite a vengeful god for the problems but instead, names a more modern source of woes, global warming and an unfortunate volcanic eruption. Evidence of real natural disasters at the end of the reign of Rameses II has been found which supports the entire nar­rative from the biblical Book of Exodus.

According to Augustor Magini, a paleoclimatologist at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Environmental Phys­ics, the climate was favorable for most of Rameses’ rule, but drought and high temperatures came eventually and brought about a series of disasters corresponding directly with the plagues.

Toxic fresh water algae resulting from low rainfall and rising temperatures, it is argued probably turned the Nile red (the first plague) and ultimately produced the second, third and fourth plagues of frogs, lice and flies. The after­math of those would have been diseased livestock and boils, the fifth and sixth plagues. The volcanic eruption of The­ra 3500 years ago would have produced the eighth and ninth plagues of hail, then locusts and darkness. The tenth plague is blamed on a fungus-poisoned grain supply, where the first born who had first pickings were the first to die.

Global warming, we are told, is nothing new, just the cause they say: us.

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