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"Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater"

09.01.10

 

"An Australian Aboriginal 'Dreaming' story has helped experts uncover a meteorite impact crater in the outback of the Northern Territory."

Duane Hamacher, an astrophysicist studying Aboriginal astronomy at Sydney's Macquarie University, used Google Maps to search for the signs of impact craters in areas related to Aboriginal stories of stars or stones falling from the sky."

 

E agora a minha parte preferida:


"Despite the link to the Dreaming story, weathering and the absence of meteorite fragments suggest that the crater is millions of years old and humans could not possibly have witnessed the event, Hamacher said.

Another crater at Gosse's Bluff, 170 km west of Alice Springs, is 140 million years old, and is also the subject of an Arrernte Dreaming story about a "cosmic baby" which fell to Earth."

 

E agora para uma demonstração da paroquialidade de raciocinio:


"Instead, Hamacher thinks Arrernte Aborigines may have learned to recognise craters from more recent impacts and then deduced the origin of the Palm Valley and Gosse's Bluff craters. One more recent example of craters created by an impact are the Henbury craters, 70 km from Palm Valley and just 4,000 years old."

 

Como é obvio. 

Foram as sobre-humanas capacidades de observação dos aborigenes que lhes permitiram identificar crateras que para nós só se tornaram visiveis com imagens de satélite e histórias mitológicas.

Deve ser de viverem perto da natureza. Ficam com os sentidos mais apurados e assim.

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