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03/07/2006 02:49 AM ID: 53196 Permalink   

Geologist Wins Top Research Award

 

Walter Alvarez, a geologist at the University of California-Berkeley, has received the Desert Research Institute's silver medallion and $20,000 for his theory that an asteroid or a comet crashed into the Earth and killed off the dinosaurs.

Alvarez and his colleagues formed the theory in the 1970s in Italy after finding high levels of the rare element iridium. It is scarce on earth but is common in asteroids and comets.

"Until the impact theory was finally proven, Dr. Alvarez and his colleagues were regarded as heretics by the `old guard' in the field of geology," said Stephen G. Wells, president of the Desert Research Institute.

 
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"Until the impact theory was finally proven, Dr. Alvarez and his colleagues were regarded as heretics by the `old guard' in the field of geology,"

I know how this feels. Their theory was very solid in the first place with regards to the iridium layer (mainly found in extraterrestrial bodies) within sedimentary rock worldwide. There were dinosaur bones found below this layer and none found above it. Pretty strong indicator there alone. How these other scientists couldn't accept such a theory is beyond me.
 
  by: Megaman1986   03/07/2006 03:21 AM     
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often theories are dismissed, not because of lack of evidence, but because they threaten the livelihood of other scientists. it's more political than most think. just look at the aquatic ape theory.
 
  by: manilaryce     03/08/2006 01:08 AM     
 
 
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