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The Day After Tomorrow

  1. Feb 19, 2010 #1
    I found this in an article about fossilization and it kind of scared me - doesn't this remind you of the movie The Day After Tomorrow?
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  3. Feb 19, 2010 #2


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    To think this has any relation to The Day After Tomorrow is ridiculous!
    More than likely, the flash freezing of these fossils occurred due to Freeze's ice ray in Batman the movie.

    But then again, I'm being sarcastic... so honestly, I'm not sure what to think on this subject.
  4. Feb 19, 2010 #3
    How about providing the link to the article?
  5. Feb 19, 2010 #4


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    Many of the animals fell into icy lakes, rivers, etc... and ended up frozen. I will try to find more about how they froze, although Andre is out expert on these mammals.

    You might like this article about the recent baby mammoth.


    This is what I believe you are referring to

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  6. Feb 19, 2010 #5
    Surprisingly enough, to date there has not been an elaborate conclusive research about the type of conservation of these mammoths -at least not that Dick Mol knowns of. And of course there are a lot of rural legends (as opposed to urban legends :smile: ).

    Some facts,

    - other detailed research about the conditions in Siberia in the past explicitely exclude any day-after-tomorrow-scenario's. See for instance Hubberten et al 2004.

    - All mammoth mummies have different carbon datings with many thousend years differences. For instance about the baby mammoth that Evo linked to, we have a small paragraph in the book I translated, referring to it as well:

    Another famous mummy, the Jarkov Mammoth died a little over 20,000 years ago. But with a cataclysmic scenario, you would expect all mummies with the same date.

    Contrary to belief, only relative small portions of the full grown animals were preserved, it the case of large adult animals it's mostly the head and limbs and indeed intestines. Other parts are rather putrified.

    Also take note that these mummies in Siberia had to endure the Holocene Thermal Optimum, when the treeline advanced to the coastline of the Arctic ocean http://epic.awi.de/Publications/Mac2000c.pdf [Broken].

    Highly recommended http://cio.eldoc.ub.rug.nl/FILES/root/2006/QuatIntMol2/2006QuatIntMol2.pdf [Broken]

    In short we know a lot more about pieces of the puzzle, but not how it fits together.
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  7. Feb 20, 2010 #6
    Jules18, that was a great question. I recall at one time having the same sort of unsettling feeling and was really glad to find out that entire herds were not flash frozen.
    Thanks Andre, as always for the great links.
  8. Feb 20, 2010 #7
    You're welcome Hypatia,

    Actually it's a shame that the reality of the Siberian mammoth steppe of the late Pleistocene is so unknown that these flash frozen rural legends can linger on.
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