Paper 59: The Marine-Life Era on Urantia/ /Life Carrier

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p0Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”

Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

Thomas C. Chamberlin and Rollin D. Salisbury, A College Text-book of Geology (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1909) Wikipedia page: ChamberlinWikipedia page: SalisburyHathi Trust Digital Library Part I copyHathi Trust Digital Library Part II copy.

Charles Schuchert, A Text-book of Geology, Part II: Historical Geology, Second, Revised Edition (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1924) Wikipedia pageHathi Trust Digital Library copy.

Thomas C. Chamberlin and Rollin D. Salisbury, College Text-book of Geology, Part II: Historical Geology, Rewritten and Revised by Rollin T. Chamberlin and Paul MacClintock (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1930) Hathi Trust Digital Library copy.

Charles Schuchert and Carl O. Dunbar, A Textbook of Geology, Part II—Historical Geology, Third Edition, Largely Rewritten (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1933) Hathi Trust Digital Library copy.


p8great “stone book” of the life-record preservation: See Hathi Trust Digital Library: The Great Stone Book of Nature (1863) by David Thomas Ansted. See Ch. 14, pg. 242: “No records appear of these in any written book; but they are objects not without ample illustration in that great stone record preserved for our investigation in the rocks, mountains, and plains.”

Section 1: Early Marine Life in the Shallow Seas

There is a direct general correlation between Urantia Book dates and scientific dating based on radiometric technologies for the first 35 million years. Then these dates start a pattern of divergence, culminating in roughly a 1:4 ratio.  History of Life by Chris Halvorson, PhD provides a description and explanation for the pattern of divergence that develops.

p1Ameba are typical survivors of this initial stage of animal life,…: The plural, amebae or amoebae, is required here to agree with the predicate “…are typical survivors…”.

p18spongelike: See “easy to read” article that pushes back the date for the development of sponges. See the related scientific report on PNAS.

p19metric conversions: “They grew in length from 5 to 30 cm and developed into four distinct groups: carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous, and “mud eaters.””


Section 2: The First Continental Flood Stage

p5metric conversion: “The ashes of this volcano covered 193 km² to a depth of 4.5–6 m.”

p5U. of Cincinnati article that offers some support to what is said about the volcanic eruption in Kentucky. Also see Chris Halvorson’s “History of Life” article in order to appreciate why the apparent discrepancy in time period is resolvable.

p6metric conversion: “Eastern North America and western Europe were 3–4.5 km under water.”

p11Video of cuttlefish eating.

p12Both muscles and mussels are acceptable. STR changed the original to the latter to be consistent with contemporary developments for common usage.


Section 3: The Second Great Flood Stage

p1metric conversion: “The thickness of this ancient rock layer averages about 300 m . . .”

p5metric conversion: “These animals grew to be 4.6 m long and 30 cm in diameter and became masters of the seas.”

suddenly See also (59:4.13), (59:5.5) From Wikipedia: Stephan Wolfram: “From 1992 to 2002, Stephen Wolfram worked on his controversial book A New Kind of Science, which presents an empirical study of very simple computational systems. Additionally, it argues that for fundamental reasons these types of systems, rather than traditional mathematics, are needed to model and understand complexity in nature. Wolfram’s conclusion is that the universe is digital in its nature, and runs on fundamental laws which can be described as simple programs. He predicts that a realization of this within the scientific communities will have a major and revolutionary influence on physics, chemistry and biology and the majority of the scientific areas in general, which is the reason for the book’s title.”

See “Is There Design in Nature,” Section 7 of Neal Kendall’s Scientific Symposium presentation at Urantia Foundation in 2016.

p6metric conversion: “This lava flow over the British Isles region today appears as alternate layers of lava and rock 7,600 m thick.”

p9metric conversions: “. . . the average thickness of this Niagara series being about 183 m. . . . In some regions these rock salt beds are 20 m thick.”


Section 4: The Great Land-Emergence Stage

p2Wikipedia: Gilboa Fossil Forest, New York, United States, is cited as home to the Earth’s oldest forest. Located near the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, New York, the region is home to tree trunks from the Devonian Period, which occurred roughly 380 million years ago. The fossils, some of the only survivors of their type in the world, are remnants of the Earth’s earliest forests. This location has been of great interest to paleobotanists since the 1920s when New York City began a water project and excavation for a dam. The project turned up large upright tree stumps from a fossil forest, some of which are on display at the Gilboa Dam site and the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor’s Center in Schoharie County and at the New York State Museum.
Also see Chris Halvorson’s “History of Life” article in order to appreciate why the apparent discrepancy in time period is resolvable.

Two and half minute YouTube video by leading researcher Dr. Chris Berry on the oldest fossil forest in upstate New York, USA.

p5metric conversions: “. . . and the resulting limestone layers run from 150 to 1,500 m in thickness.”

p6metric conversions: “The deposits of these later stages of the first Devonian flood average about 300 m in thickness. . . . Such coral deposits are exposed in the banks of the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, and are about 30 m thick, embracing more than 200 varieties.”

p8metric conversion: “In Wales, Germany, and other places in Europe the Devonian rocks are 6,100 m thick.”

p11metric conversions: “Many of the largest true fish belong to this age, some of the teeth-bearing varieties being 7–9 m long . . .”

p13metric conversions: “Tree types, 60 cm thick and 12 m high, soon developed . . .”

p16metric conversion: “. . . which attained a thickness of over 4 km.”

p17metric conversion: “The earth was overspread by vast forests of ferns 30 m high and by the peculiar trees of those days, silent forests . . .”


For Biblical cross-references: click here.

Section 5: The Crustal-Shifting Stage

p7metric conversions: “Dragon flies measured 76 cm across. 1,000 species of cockroaches developed, and some grew to be 10 cm long.”

p10metric conversions: “The deposits of this early Carboniferous age are from 150 to 600 m thick, consisting of sandstone, shale, and limestone.”

p15metric conversions: “These coal beds over central and eastern United States vary in thickness from 12 to 15 m.  . . . In some parts of North America and Europe the coal-bearing strata are 5,500 m in thickness.”

p18metric conversion: “The deposits of this inundation average about 300 m in thickness.”

p22metric conversions: “The trunks of the Carboniferous trees were commonly 2 m in diameter and often 38 m high.”


Section 6: The Climatic Transition Stage

p4metric conversions: “The strata of this transition period vary in thickness from 300 to 2,130 m.”

p13Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”


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