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(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory. Does it explain all the findings?The discovery was a sensation when announced in 2011 (see 11/14/11): fossil whale skeletons inland from the coast of Chile, perfectly preserved in dense numbers. “There’s never been a find of this size, or of this diversity, anywhere in the world,” one spokesman said on a video clip posted by the BBC. (although for density and size, it needs to compete with other well-known sites like the La Brea tar pits). The Cerro Ballena (“whale hill”) website, sponsored by the Smithsonian, has a map showing the individual fossils and their locations, along with photographs, videos and other information.Now that scientists have documented some 40 specimens and carted them off to labs, they have a theory to explain how they got where they are, published in the Royal Society Proceedings B (open access). About 6.5 to 9 million years ago, they believe, there was a series of toxic blooms of algae (probably dinoflagellates that cause the well-known “red tides” today). Whales and other large marine mammals ingesting infected fish probably died and were washed ashore. Moreover, since the whales were found at four levels, this probably happened multiple times over an estimated period of 16,000 years. New Scientist, Science Magazine, Live Science and the BBC News have echoed this explanation.The theory needs to account for several unusual facts:The whales were mostly found in a belly up position, mostly in the same direction along a line parallel to the coast.Many of the whales were articulated and complete.Along with baleen whales, the fossil graveyard includes sharks, seals, dolphins (including “dolphins that evolved a walrus-like face”), and “bizarre aquatic sloths.”The fossils are encased in fine-grained sediment. There is orange soil in places that might be remnant of toxic algae, but the researchers are not sure.Some of the bones seem to have marks made by crabs. “Given the unique food resource provided by marine mammal carcasses, it is not surprising to find scavenging traces on individual balaenopterid bones that we attribute to crabs,” the authors say.Hundreds more fossils may exist in the graveyard. The researchers only had two weeks to excavate before a stretch of the Pan-American Highway was built over the site.The site today is on the edge of one of the driest deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert.In order to explain why the carcasses would have been slowly buried by sand, the theory claims that there were no large land predators at the time. Still, they would have needed to be washed up high enough to escape the ravaging effects of marine predators (worms, bacteria, etc.) and seabirds. It would seem normal high tides would be incapable of getting the whale carcasses high enough above the surf; perhaps storm surges did it. Unless sand buried them quickly during the surge, though, it’s not clear how they would have been buried by sand in time to become fossilized. But then, how did crabs get to the bones? Why would this mechanism occur four times in a few thousand years (1/200 the assumed 3.5 million years of the deposit), and not more? None of the articles mentioned these or other problems with the theory. Instead, they presented the theory as a triumph of science. “This is an awesome snapshot of deep time,” a Stanford marine biologist said, even though he had just remarked that the findings “are revealing something that we didn’t know anything about.”While we can all be amazed and delighted over this discovery, we must deplore the uncritical treatment by the media. They seem incapable of thinking logically or asking the tough questions that reporters ask of politicians. They just regurgitate the explanation scientists give, never thinking to themselves, “That doesn’t make sense.” They rarely go off and compare this site with other sites, like the Peru location that has 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (2/02/04). Reporters just stumble about from story to story, copying the thinking of the shamans, doing little more than rewriting some of the boilerplate text in their own words.The official explanation could be correct; nobody knows, because no humans were there. Several aspects don’t add up, as mentioned above. There doesn’t appear to be any reason to postulate four distinct episodes, just because they are found in layers. A single storm surge or flood can deposit multiple layers. If “hundreds” more whales exist in the deposit, it becomes less credible to imagine placid red tides killing that many large marine mammals and depositing them high above the highest tides, where they sat in the open air long enough for crabs to gnaw on their bones, but the bones never scattered till they were buried in sand. This happened at least 4 times?Reporters toss around the “millions of years” like word salad. But millions of years doesn’t help. It makes the story less credible. Are we to believe that all these fossils were deposited in 16,000 years, just one half of one percent of the assumed age of the deposit? What happened the other 99.5% of the time? Were there no red tides for millions of years? No storm surges? There should be over 200 times as many whale graveyards in those strata if that much time elapsed and this was a routine occurrence.Learn to ask questions the reporters never ask. Think logically, rather than taking their words on faith. Faith is supposed to be a no-no in science, isn’t it? Scientists and reporters treat faith the way Finagle treats miracles: “Don’t believe in faith; rely on it.”
Edu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations. (Images: Edu Fun) • Avril Donnelly Teaching Programme Edu Fun +27 82 892 0505 [email protected] • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • University of the People offers online education for all • Tackling South Africa’s education challenges • Gauteng Department of Education, 20 years on • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goalMelissa Jane CookAristotle once said: “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” It’s a driving idea behind Edu Fun, a non-profit organisation that believes if you educate a child for a day, they will remember it that day; but if you bring fun into it, they will remember it for life.Edu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations.The group works with Diepsloot Combined School in Diepsloot, a township in Joburg’s far northern reaches. Its main objective is to teach English to students in grades 3 and 4 students in an entertaining and stimulating way, encouraging them to open their minds and use their imaginations. Diepsloot is a poor area and local resources are limited. Classes at the school are very large and English is not the first language of their teachers. Edu Fun’s aim is to help the children with reading, writing and speaking English, so difficulties in using the language will not be a barrier in their futures.Key members of Edu Fun are experienced teachers and nursing professionals. The volunteers come from all walks of life – locals, ex-pats and visitors from around the world. Lord Joel Joffe, the human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and seven others in the Rivonia Trial of 1963-64, is the patron.Diepsloot Combined SchoolWhen the school opened in 2001, it was simply a collection of mobile classrooms with few facilities. Today, thanks to the dedication of its staff and the support of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, various corporate sponsors and voluntary groups such as Edu Fun and School Aid, it is a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged community of Diepsloot informal settlement.Catering for more than 1 500 pupils from Grade R to Grade 12, it is a government school that is not only a centre for learning but is also a much-needed refuge and valuable source of food for the most under-privileged youngsters in the township. In 2013, the Grade 12 students gained an impressive matric pass rate of 98.8%; 29 of them achieved university entry-level grades.Edu Fun aims to support the school in its long-term goal of helping its students go on to further education and fulfill their potential. A decade ago, a group of volunteers – many of them ex-pats – took up the challenge to improve the chances of the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. Edu Fun still brings fun to education and hope for a brighter future to the school. VolunteeringVolunteers teach English to the children on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lessons for Grade 3s run for almost an hour-and-a-half on Mondays during term. Classes are divided, based on ability, into three groups. There is a lead teacher for each class responsible for lesson design and delivery. Each classroom has about 30 children and a volunteer works with a group of about six children. The teaching materials are provided by Edu Fun.About 20 Grade 4s need additional help with English. Volunteers teach them English on Tuesdays during term time, and classes run for an hour. On Monday mornings, after the Grade 3 English classes, a group of volunteers spends about two hours mending school uniforms. All tools and materials are provided and no experience is necessary. They also plan to start training a few of the older students at the school to help out with this project.Also on Monday mornings during term time, volunteers can help the Spread a Little Love project by making peanut butter sandwiches or buying bags of apples for the children. These donations provide a filling start to the week, on average, for more than 300 pupils.In 2013, Edu Fun’s 10th anniversary year, it introduced a fourth group, the Further Education Project, to support former learners from Diepsloot Combined School who go on to university. At present, it supports three first generation students at university in Pretoria, helping them with everyday expenses, extra tuition, computer equipment and accommodation.The Edu Fun educational programme at Diepsloot Combined School was started by Avril Donnelly, Petra Michelson and Sandy and Miguel Buchwald, an American couple now retired in the US.Donnelly explains: “We have taught about 1 100 children over the years and the first group that we taught in 2003 matriculated in 2013. It really gives me a sense of satisfaction. I can only say that through this programme I have met some wonderful expats (both men and women) who have helped us with the teaching, nursing, Spread a Little Love and mending groups. The nursing group was started by a group of Swedish ladies, led by Maria Junebrink, who didn’t want to teach but wanted to give to the community. It has gone from strength to strength. I love what we are doing with Edu Fun and it has really become a passion in my life.”