We saw this headline a few days ago at PhysOrg, but we didn’t pay any attention to it: How the event that killed off the dinosaurs wiped out life in Antarctica. The article says:
The Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction 66m years ago was the most recent of five similar crises to have devastated life on Earth over the last 540m years. It rapidly killed off an estimated 76% of species around the globe, including, most famously, the dinosaurs.
Our research focused on Seymour Island, a site which has been described as the “Rosetta Stone” of Antarctic palaeontology. A small island less than 20km across, located to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula, the rocks here preserve an amazing fossil record of marine and terrestrial life dating from around 69m to 35m years ago.
Our results reveal that, while there was some fluctuation in the diversity of species, rates of extinction were generally low until an apparently sudden extinction event in the layer right below the K–Pg boundary, where 65–70% of species disappeared.
Importantly, the percentage of marine species that disappeared on Seymour Island is actually the same as seen at K–Pg boundary sites at low latitudes, indicating the event was just as severe all over the world. This, along with how suddenly the extinction seems to have occurred, provides support for the asteroid impact hypothesis.
The paper on this is in Nature Communications: Macrofossil evidence for a rapid and severe Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction in Antarctica. You can read it online without a subscription.
We should have realized that this would be seized upon by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
Ol’ Hambo’s new post is Evidence of a Catastrophic Flood in Antarctica? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
For years, most scientists thought that Antarctic creatures were safe from the supposed dinosaur extinction event. But new research suggests that the alleged catastrophe thought to be responsible for wiping out dinosaurs also affected those in the far south. But what was this global catastrophe? Was it an asteroid impact millions of years ago or a watery judgment by God on a wicked world?
What a brilliant, thought-provoking question! Let’s read on:
Well, as I was reading a report about this new research, I had to smile. Some of the comments the lead author of the paper makes about his research sound more like something a biblical creationist who believes in Noah’s Flood would say than statements from an evolutionist!
Hambo then gives us an out-of-context quote from an interview with one of the researchers:
Our research essentially shows that one day everything was fine — the Antarctic had a thriving and diverse marine community — and the next, it wasn’t. Clearly, a very sudden and catastrophic event had occurred on Earth.
That doesn’t appear in the published paper. Hambo continues:
Of course, he’s referring to the supposed dinosaur extinction event when evolutionists say an asteroid crashed onto earth. But maybe the catastrophe that turned the waters of Antarctica from a “thriving and diverse marine community” into layers of fossils was the global Flood of Noah’s day!
Wow — we never would have thought of that! Then Hambo babbles for several paragraphs, saying that the Flood can account for the entire fossil and geological record. You’ve seen that stuff before. This paragraph is typical:
And it is no surprise that the vast majority of fossils are marine. If the rock layers and fossils are the result of a global Flood, we’d expect most fossils to be from marine creatures. And, of course, that’s exactly what we see. Observational science confirms God’s Word from the very beginning.
Isn’t it wonderful? The rest of Hambo’s post is advertising for the books and videos sold in his Creation Museum.
And so, dear reader, what did we learn today? We learned that scientists are finding evidence which — when properly interpreted by ol’ Hambo — confirms that Noah’s Flood was truly global, because it also affected Antarctica.
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