In a massive study that included 24 researchers and published in two
scientific papers, experts found that our planet suffered the impact
of a space object as early as 12,800 years ago when humans were
already sedentary and were beginning to form the very first complex
societies around the planet.
The study titled "Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact
Winter Triggered by the
Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact - 12,800 Years
Ago" analyzed geochemical and isotopic markers and found that
massive fires would have been responsible, in part, for the
disappearance of large mammals.
The study is divided into,
"The study includes
measurements made at more than 170 different sites around the
world," said Adrian Melott, Professor Emeritus of Physics and
Astronomy at the University of Kansas and one of the authors of
According to Adrian
Melott and his colleagues, the new data indicates that the
disaster was unleashed when the Earth collided with fragments of a
disintegrating comet that was approximately 100 kilometers in
diameter, whose remains persist in our solar system to this day.
A chaotic time
for early society
This impact would have caused fires so large that the resulting dust
clogged the sky and prevented sunlight from entering.
The climate cooled rapidly, the plants died, the food sources were
exhausted, and the glaciers moved forward again. The oceanic
currents moved, forming an almost glacial era that lasted a thousand
Gobekli Tepe is considered one of
the most mysterious places on the surface of the planet.
Curiously, some authors
believe that a similar catastrophic event was recorded at Gobekli
Tepe by its builders.
"The hypothesis is
that a massive comet fragmented and the pieces hit Earth,
generating this disaster," said Melott.
"A number of different chemical signatures - carbon dioxide,
nitrate, ammonia, and others - seem to indicate that an
astounding 10% of the earth's surface, or about 10 million
square kilometers, was consumed by fires."
Furthermore, according to
Melott, pollen analysis suggests that pine forests were probably
burned to be replaced by poplars, which is a species that colonizes
In fact, the authors postulate that the cosmic impact could have
triggered the episode of the
Recent Dryas, the burning of
biomass, the extinction of the late Pleistocene of larger species
(of which we were blamed) and the cultural changes in humans and the
decrease in population.
"The estimates imply
that the impact would have depleted the ozone layer, causing
increases in skin cancer and other negative health effects,"
"The impact hypothesis remains a hypothesis, but this study
provides a large amount of evidence, which we argue can only be
explained by a very large cosmic impact."
If confirmed the
hypothesis of this study which seems to have been recorded by
ancient cultures, would indicate that humans not only survived a
cataclysmic event, but we took advantage of it and we could start to
repopulate the planet.
Curiously, that's exactly what world-renowned author Graham
Hancock said a few times already.
According to Mr. Hancock, an extremely advanced ancient civilization
- that flourished during the Ice Age - was wiped out from the
surface of the planet some 13,000 years ago due to a massive comet
strike, and the ancients left us a warning of future events.
As explained in the book
Magicians of the Gods - The Forgotten Wisdom
of Earth's Lost Civilization, Mr. Hancock argues,
"Near the end of the
last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered
the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier,
broke into multiple fragments.
Some of these struck
the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the
extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit
the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the
northern European ice cap."