Tutankhamen’s Brooch Linked to Evidence of Comet Striking Earth

0icq3_393302001381218041Ancient comet strikes, Egyptian broaches… I can hear the “Ancient Aliens” crew boarding their jet right now.

Via The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:

The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators, and will be presented at a public lecture on Thursday.

The discovery has not only provided the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth, millions of years ago, but it could also help us to unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system.

“Comets always visit our skies – they’re these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust – but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth,” says Professor David Block of Wits University.

The comet entered Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt about 28 million years ago. As it entered the atmosphere, it exploded, heating up the sand beneath it to a temperature of about 2 000 degrees Celsius, and resulting in the formation of a huge amount of yellow silica glass which lies scattered over a 6 000 square kilometer area in the Sahara. A magnificent specimen of the glass, polished by ancient jewellers, is found in Tutankhamun’s brooch with its striking yellow-brown scarab.

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4 Comments on "Tutankhamen’s Brooch Linked to Evidence of Comet Striking Earth"

  1. Simon Valentine | Oct 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm |

    that makes me hungry. where can i get some of the yellow ones to eat?

  2. “I can hear the “Ancient Aliens” crew boarding their jet right now”

    How wonderfully derisive! And how wise is it to make fun of someone’s belief system at a place that is a hotbed for “weird” ideas, at least as far as the norm is concerned?

    • Matt Staggs | Oct 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

      If you’re reading anything derisive in my header then that’s on you, HCE. By the way, I’ve spoken with Tsoukalos many times, and he has as big of a sense of humor about that stuff as anyone (else) I’ve met.

  3. alizardx | Oct 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm |

    Interesting, and scientific evidence looks solid.

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