Is it possible that Pangaea was the Garden of Eden - until the second sun burned out and created the moon, and the earth began losing time due to only having one sun?
That could be why the earth's rotation is wobbly and why the earth loses 1.4 milliseconds per day. (I just looked it up, apparently the earths rotation used to be faster, like 6.5 hours per day rather than 24) Think of the earth like a spinning top - the two suns kept the earth spinning at a certain speed and in balance, until the first sun burned out. Then, the earth began to slow and wobble, which caused the atmospheric conditions to change and brought about the ice age.
Perhaps the Mayan calendar ending at 2012 signifies a decrease in the earths rotation, or a change in the earths stability, rather than the end of the world.
Hi Raf: That's an easy one. Pangea existed about 250 million yrs ago. "Man" began his journey to today only about 4.5 million yrs ago. The dinosaurs reign ended about 65 million yrs ago. Sooo, there were none of around during the age of Pangea. OK? : Qwark
Geological studies. Plate tektonics, studies of human genetics. CArbon dating is but one of a myriad ways to determine the breaking up of pangea and its parts migrating around the globe to form continents.
When you get into the study of "anthropology," you will study the movement of man over land bridges to all parts of the globe. But that happened many millions of yrs after Pangea had broken up and the parts drifted away.
That's some good stuff right there. The study of human movements throughout history combined with the study of genetics has given us a pretty clear view of how and when people moved around the various land masses. We know that native people of North and South America came from Asia and not from Europe, for instance. We also know that the inhabitants of Easter Island originally came from south-east Asia and did not sail west from South America, as some might have previously guessed.
Rafini. It is all based on radiocarbon dating and other method of dating based on the natural decay of elemental isotopes in rocks, soil, and all living things. This how is scientists are able to determine the age of most things.
That makes no sense, a sun does not become a moon when it burns out, so to speak. Where did you get the notion we had two suns?
No, the earths rotation is slowing due to the tidal lock with the moon. Both the earth and moon "bulge" somewhat in the middle, these bulges tend to slow the earth's rotation while the moon slowly moves away from the earth.
There are many problems with this theory. First of all, the moon is too small to have ever been a star because a star is formed when the mass of a planet or moon crushes its core. The moon is not large enough to do this.
Another problem is that there could not have been life on Earth with two suns. The water on Earth would evaporate. And if there was an ice age when one of the suns went out, there would still be an ice age now.
As you know I've always contended that science and religion do coincide and will continue to build bridges. I believe that openness must be a predominant quality on both sides in order to obtain truth and understanding.
Pangea was just a large landmass before it broke up into the seven continents we have today and in a few million years some of these land masses will come back together. Eden, a mythical place, never existed on this landmass because dinosaurs were roaming on it at that time more than 65 million years ago. Looking at it from a religious perspective Eden would be still here if there was such a place as describe by the Bible. The Bible doesn't mentioned God destroying it after Adam and Eve were put out of it, they just could not return to it the way I understood the story since he put an angel there with a flaming sword to guard the entrance.
As far as the earth rotation speed is concern, the earth's rotation is slowing down became of the moon's gravity. The moon's gravity has a significant pull on the earth, thus slowing down it rotation because it is one-fourth the size of earth. The earth's axis is also stabilized by the revolution of the moon around it. If the moon wasn't there the earth's axis would be very unstable and will be pointing horizontally and as well vertically in an unpredictable manner. As a result we will not have seasons as we now know it.
I understand the story of Adam & Eve, and the angel guard with a flaming sword. But, my suggestion is, that the story of the angel with the flaming sword is metaphorical. Allegorical? Well. let's just say, not actually factual. Just because the story doesn't mention God destroying the Garden of Eden doesn't mean it still exists. (my reasoning in thinking Pangaea might have been Eden)
My understanding is actually that Pangaea was pretty much hell. Think about how unpleasant continental climates on modern Earth are for about 9 months of the year, and imagine that on a single massive landmass. Some scientists actually believe that central Pangaea might have had such extreme temperatures in summer and winter that it may have been virtually uninhabitable.
Hi RAf: Respiration just means an exchange of gasses i.e. like between plants and the atmosphere. I'm glad ya like that site. It's a wonderful synopsis of "time" and great for "trivia" reference. Qwark :
To suggest there were modern humans on Pangaea you would have to have more than a "problem with carbon dating". You'd have to have a problem with pretty much all of biology and geology. The latter being where we learn that Pangaea exists at all.