August 14

I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

(Malachi 1:2-3) KJV

The Triassic is another microcosm of inductive reductive circular reasoning that we may wryly refer to as an “eddy in the space-time continuum.”

Ecosystems in separate geographical locations (space) are being distributed across an induced historical narrative (time). It’s a space-time anomaly in the sense that the concepts of space and time have been switched.

Paleobotany and the evolution of plants

We’re studying the periods of geological history as described by Wilson N. Stewart.

This was the text book we used in grad school when we studied for a masters of science in Biology.

Arid to semiarid, savanna type climates. Rise of the cycadophytes, Ginkgoales. Diversification of conifers and ferns. Decline of glossopterids. First mammals; rise of the dinosaurs.

– Wilson N. Stewart, Paleobotany and the evolution of plants.

The sedimentary deposits assigned to the Triassic are a different ecosystem than the ocean floor (Cambrian), marine (Ordovician), coastal wetland (Silurian), forest (Devonian), and swamp (Carboniferous) ecosystems that we’ve seen so far. They’re separated by geography, not time. The Triassic is next in the progression being the arid to semi-arid interior of a continent.

However, the way that erosion, transportation and deposition work is that the material from all of these habitat types can end up in the same sedimentary formation as successive beds in the strata. The lower layers were the closest to where they were deposited, the upper layers were the furthest away.

Triassic – Navigation

1TriassicMalachi 1:2-3
2Arid to Semiarid, Savanna Type ClimatesExodus 3:1
3Rise of the Cycadophytes, GinkgoalesProverbs 15:4
4Decline of GlossopteridsRevelation 22:2
5First Mammals; Rise of the DinosaursJob 30:29
6Late Triassic Wildfires2 Timothy 4:3-4
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around the Triassic.


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