Art chatted with comic book legend Neal Adams about his research on a new model for the Universe and his theory that the Earth is growing. According to Adams, our planet was once only a quarter of its current size, with continents covering most of the world. If one reduces the ocean areas, he explained, the continents fit together perfectly on that smaller globe.
A smaller Earth would also have a corresponding reduction in gravity, Adams proposed. The effect of lower gravity on a smaller planet is what Adams thinks caused the dinosaurs to grow so large. Reduced gravity would not only affect the physical structure of dinosaurs but their movement as well. Dinosaurs had long, down-facing legs and moved more like mammals than contemporary reptiles, Adams noted. This allowed dinosaurs to achieve a speed that would not have been possible under present Earth gravity, he said.
Adams also talked about the physics behind an expanding Earth, citing Carl David Anderson's cosmic ray experiments in which a positron was "created out of nothing." He believes this kind of research shows that matter is in continuous creation in the universe, and helps explain how our planet keeps growing.
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