Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt
As the search for the origins of the viral pandemic continues, one theory that resonates strongly with us is that put forward by Professor Chandra Wickramsignhe who (in a recent joint publication) concluded that it “was probably linked to the arrival of a pure culture of the virus contained in cometary debris”; interestingly an event that he had foreshadowed in 2019. This is a reflection of his broader thesis that life is distributed through the Universe by cosmic visitors such as comets and meteorites (‘Panspermia’). In New Dawn last year he commented that “[t]he evidence is stunningly clear that the first life on Earth in the form of bacteria came with impacting comets”. As Wickramsignhe and his colleagues noted last year, nor is this potential impact limited merely to the initial origins of life on Earth, but embraces equally its ongoing evolution.
Tunguska impact event
By ru:Евгений Леонидович Кринов, member of the expedition to the Tunguska event in 1929. –  (original, black and white version of photo) / Vokrug Sveta, 1931 (current, color version of photo), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=200531
The 1908 Tunguska impact event may provide evidence supportive of this evolutionary impact. Jacques Van Impe has recently suggested that genetic mutations resulting from the 1908 event provide the most likely explanation for the subsequent extinction of a particular species of goose. Van Impe’s theory draws upon the work of Zurab Silagadze who drew attention to genetic anomalies that had been reported in plants, insects – and people – in the Tunguska region after the event. Silgadze also noted that an increased rate of biological mutation was found not only within the epicentre of the impact event, but also along the trajectory of the cosmic body responsible. Even in its flight it appears to have been accompanied by “some unknown agent” capable not only of inducing remote ecological change but perhaps even genetic changes. Silgadze postulates that agent may be electromagnetic radiation – powerful ELF/VLF electromagnetic radiation from the cosmic body and ionizing radiation due to lightning accompanying the explosion. Certainly, this may well be part of the explanation, but is there perhaps some even wider agency also at work?