I actually read this particular article just a week ago (Baader-Meinhof, etc.) when following links for another cataclysmic event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manicouagan_impact_crater
It still amazes me just what an incredible resource Wikipedia is.
See http://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/1-s2.0-S092054460800003... for the end carnian impacts - perfect alignment between Manitoba, Quebec, France and Azerbaijan craters
How on earth you can answer those questions is beyond me but what makes us human is such a fascinating study
(and on the "no eugenics here front" what really makes us human is our humanity)
I'm not going to lie - this made me giggle.
Assuming this theory holds - then at one point in time all our futures depended on the actions of less than 1000 people - which makes me wonder about our future generations. Will they say the same thing about us living on planet earth?
Either way, if true, it's an fascinating picture. Most of us will have more people within a few miles radius than once lived over all the Earth.
I wonder what sort of traits might have been passed on had the predicted disaster not occurred.
Some idea of what would happen when it blows: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/supervolcano/arti...
People are very resilient so I have no doubt that some would survive, adapt and then flourish. No worries for the species.
The effects could be minimised through standard civil defense type measures. However it would require far greater cross border cooperation than is typical today.
Rapid global cooling would render huge chunks of landmass virtually useless and put many of the worlds most economically important cities under a glacier, so governments would be quickly pressured to fund drastic measures to re-stabilize the climate before we have another ice-age.