[meteorite-list] Mammoths Found Peppered withMeteorite Fragments

From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 17:57:53 -0600
Message-ID: <004901c83ead$2475e6b0$b842e146_at_ATARIENGINE>

Whoops! That was a bison SKULL. Bison don't have tusks...

Sterling K. Webb


    Bear in mind that they have found exactly EIGHT
mammoth tusks and ONE Siberian bison tusk (??!) with
this evidence after sorting through a warehouse of
mammoth ivory gathered from all over. Again, it's the
few and tiny clues in a mountain of potential evidence.

    Such tusks are relatively plentiful and are in big demand
among those who need ivory legitimately in small qualtities,
now that ivory is banned. Just go on eBay and search
for guitar saddle (and saddle blanks) of "mammoth ivory"
and "fossil ivory"! (Fossil walrus tusk is popular, too.)

    So, all they've found is just the few examples of a rare
marker of an event. Viewed that way, it does not seem so
unreasonable that there would be a handful of animals at
the edge of a blast zone from an airburst that would survive
the event but get "peppered." It's not as if all the mammoths
of the era were walking around with tusk-wounds and shaking
their shaggy heads to stop the ringing in those big ears...

Sterling K. Webb
----- Original Message -----
From: "tracy latimer" <daistiho at hotmail.com>
To: "Sterling K. Webb" <sterling_k_webb at sbcglobal.net>; "Meteorite Mailing
List" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Mammoths Found Peppered withMeteorite

Wups! Sounds like I may have inadvertently stepped on some academic toes.
I don't mean to accuse the good doctor of faking anything, and apologize if
it came out like that. I'm just trying to imagine a cosmic event that would
hurl near-microscopic BBs of iron through the atmosphere at meteoric speed
without reducing them to incandescent vapor, yet have them keep enough
inertia and heat to penetrate bone and ivory. Popular cinema
representations aside ("Armageddon", anyone?) meteorites that go that fast
and are that small are really meteors and burn up before hitting the ground.
Slightly bigger bits, a la Holbrook, went into dark/cold flight long before
getting near the ground. Our atmosphere is a very efficient protection
device. Given the extraordinary claim, I'd like extraordinary evidence.

Is there a terrestrial phenomenon that would fill the bill, like volcanic
ash? Where were the tusks and bones originally found, and in conjunction
with what sediments/plant matter/snow? Were they on the surface, or did
they have to be excavated, and can their location be revisited for sampling?
Have deposits of the smoking iron pellets (okay from now on, I'm just going
to call them Hot Hail, as in the Flash Gordon Emperor Ming device) been
found elsewhere, in the same manner as the K-T iridium layer? If the Hot
Hail penetrated mammoth tusks, we should find them imbedded in soil
deposits, snow layers, and tree trunks from the same era. Did the Hot Hail
have a strewnfield?

I know, I know.... too many questions with no theory.
Tracy Latimer

> From: sterling_k_webb at sbcglobal.net
> To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
> Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 19:30:26 -0600
> CC: daistiho at hotmail.com
> Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Mammoths Found Peppered with Meteorite
> Fragments
> Hi, List
> Well, I knew we were going to get back to those
> mammoth teeth... How about the history of the
> whole crazy thing? Who is Richard B. Firestone?
> Firestone is a well-established scientist
> I think you can dismiss the shotgun theory, really:
> No Cardiff Giant, no Abominable Snow Man, no fake
> diamond mine, no Barnum tricks.

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