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Gamma Ray Mass Extinction

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Astronomers have found new evidence for species extinctions and re-creations described in Psalm 104. For the first time a particular mass extinction event has been linked to a gamma-ray burst. The astronomers found that the late Ordovician mass extinction event (440 million years ago) was unusual in that the extinctions were water-depth related—indicating a very strong ultraviolet radiation that would arise from a nearby gamma-ray burst. The mass speciation event that followed this mass extinction event demonstrates that the Creator was actively replacing old species of life with new and different species.

A. L. Melott, et al, “Did a Gamma-Ray Burst Initiate the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction?” 2003 preprint at hrrp://


RTB articles: Facts for Faith articles on the anthropic principle and on the faint sun paradox

RTB video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition

Subjects: Mass Extinctions/Extinctions

Dr. Hugh Ross

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