I respect your qualification, but I would have to add that any observer it would seem like a back pedal.
Nature progresses in cycles often repeating chunks of the old in a modified new setup.
I am not discounting any possibility and am researching the event using a multi-pronged approach as with everything else.
Nothing is as simplistic or as straight forward as it appears to be.
There are always overlooked factors or hidden causes to any explicit phenomena on any level of existence...