Validation for my evolution/magnetic reversal theories from Dr. S. C. Tsakas in Athens. I received this email yesterday from Dr. Tsakas:
Dear Dr Felix
I was very pleased been in contact with your books and your literature and statements about evolutionary process …….
At the end of my scientific and physical life it was a lightning in my brain…
I congratulate you for many, many things – new frontiers, opening ideas, etc, etc.
At this point I want you to have a look at our papers which will give you some more information for the same conclusion you came across…..
They were published in the small circulation journal Genetics Selection and Evolution (GSE).
With my bet wishes for health and success
Pr. S. C. Tsakas PhD (Genetics)
Dr. Tsakas included links to some of his papers. Maybe it wasn’t “lightning in my brain” but I must admit that I got goose bumps when I read them. I was not aware that there was someone out there who thought the same way I do about magnetic reversals and evolution, let alone someone who had already published those thoughts. I must admit, however, that I had not considered the correlation between magnetic reversals and ultraviolet light.
(By the way, I must remember to thank Dr. Tsakas for the promotion, because I’m not a doctor.)
Here are excerpts from one of Dr. Tsakas’ papers describing his Speciation burst hypothesis:
The speciation burst hypothesis offers a supported explanation of the variability of (evolutionary) rates as being primarily the result of the organisms exposure and sensitivity to ultraviolet light and/or cosmic rays.
Any major disruption increasing the amount of exposure such as a geomagnetic reversal would also increase the evolutionary rate.
Phenotypic characters show not only a remarkable variability in evolutionary rates ranging from very slow to very fast, but in some cases periods of stasis interspersed with shorter periods of accelerated evolution. Evolutionary hypotheses dealing with phenotypic characters are needed to explain this variability. Such a hypothesis is speciation burst.
Any major disruption increasing exposure such as geomagnetic reversals would accelerate evolution by increasing the mutation rate. During a geomagnetic reversal which may last from 1,000-10,000 years the biological material of the earth is exposed to more intense cosmic radiation and/or ultraviolet light. As a consequence, mutations with none, small, or great phenotypic effect will appear in a relatively short period of time.
Mutations with great phenotypic effect explain the absence of transitional forms (missing links). At the same time, due to the heavy genetic load and/or environmental changes, many species become extinct.
Ultraviolet light and cosmic rays are known to produce chromosomal aberrations. Chromosomal aberrations are a causal factor for speciation events.
Speciation would be expected to be faster closer to the polar regions due to the morphology of the geomagnetic field which affords lower protection from cosmic rays in these regions in comparison to the equator.
Due to the protection afforded by water a progressively slower speciation-evolutionary rate would be expected moving from land to shallow water to deep water.
Due to the reduced exposure to ultraviolet light, it would be expected that nocturnal creatures would evolve at a slower rate than diurnal ones.
The intriguing periods of acceleration in evolution can be seen as the result of increased exposure to ultraviolet light and/or cosmic rays due to some major disruption such as geomagnetic reversals.
Pronounced acceleration in speciation in Alcelaphini and molluscs, which are 2 different categories of organism, with different habitats, and such a pronounced difference in population sizes, occurred simultaneously with a period of frequent geomagnetic reversals.
At the time he published this, Dr Tsakas was with the Department of Genetics in the Agricultural College of Athens, Athens, Greece.
See entire paper, including citations:
Speciation burst hypothesis : an explanation for the variation in rates of phenotypic evolution
S.C. Tsakas and J.R. David
Genet. Sel. Evol. 18 3 (1986) 351-358
[Abstract] [PDF (368.1 KB)]
(Click on PDF to see entire paper)