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Subject: Re: Is the Permian extinction tied to a nearby Pulsar star?
From: "Robert W. Avakian" ravakian@............
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 22:13:14 -0500

Was on vacation so is a bit late.  Lost in the media hype is a book
entitled "The Great Dinosaur Extinction Controversy" by Chas. Officer
and Jake Page.  Copyright 1996 it takes issue with the bollide impact
theory and calls on some very interesting research and observations to
counter Alverez and Alverez.  I however, detect some personal anamosity
towards the Alverezes so maybe it needs to be read with a grain of salt?

One thing, though, if the collision theroy is correct, wouldn't you like
to get hold of a copy of the event records?

Bob Avakian
> Hi all,
> I suppose this is somewhat off topic, but being as the earth is
> a part of us, along with its history; the topic isn't too remote.
> Its seems that the southwest Pacific and Australia are having
> a "good go", what with the deep rocks, erupting volcanoe, huge
> undersea smokers found, and now it seems that another topic has
> popped up (it may have been expounded on in other media areas?).
> It seems that a newly discovered pulsar (August 1999), with a
> very slow period (~8 seconds), is only some 600 light years from
> earth.  Pulsars originally explode (like the Crab Nebula did), and
> then form and age.  This particular pulsar formed some 280
> million years ago.  Trouble is....the Permian extinction occurred
> roughly in the same time frame of 286-248 million years ago.
> According to what I've vaguely read, such a nearby explosion
> would surely have been devastating to life on earth then.
> See on the web about the pulsar at:
> The above web site also has storys on the volcanoe and big
> black smokers, explored by the ship the Franklin.
> Other web sites, to only crudely tie in this thought are at:
> Appreciate any notes or references from anyone in the know on
> this topic, if available.  I haven't seen any tie in to the Permian
> extinction and this specific pulsar?
> Take care,
> Meredith Lamb
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