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23 Oct 2016
Frigate Bird

You can see why scientists like to visualise dinosaurs as having had bird bones when you consider the remarkable feats of the frigate bird. Bird bones are lighter bones otherwise birds would never be able to launch themselves and remain in the air - and frigate birds have extremely light bird bones. They migrate over thousands of miles of ocean, rarely touching down for a breather, between Africa and Indonesia. They are inclined to avoid the doldrums, that equatorial region of unpredictable winds that becalmed so many sailing ships prior to the 20th century.

23 Oct 2016
Ice Age Cattle

At ... Ice Age artists depicted an unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls around 15,000 years ago (in the Magdalenian cultural period). Research published in October (2016) Nature Communications, suggests this animal was the ancestor of modern European bison (now largely extinct across its former habitat) - yet the DNA from one to the other differs. Why?

23 Oct 2016
Early Humans

There was an excellent TV programme a few weeks ago featuring Alice Roberts and human history (the Denisovans, Neanderthals, and the arrival of modern humans etc). Whilst it seemed to glaringly omit earlier but related versions of humanity it did serve to update her earlier TV programme (and book) 'The Incredible Human Journey' - which kept strictly to the BBC propaganda line on 'Out of Africa' (for better or worse).

23 Oct 2016
Siberian Faces

   At ... it seems stone faces in Siberia underwent facial adjustments in the early Middle Ages as a result of new people moving into the area.

23 Oct 2016
Blooms, Manure, Tea Leaves.

At ...  a study of phytoplankton in the Oct 21st (2016) issue of Science claims that blooms of these small sea creatures and algae coincide with warming of the oceans. How does this affect the accumulation of chalk (blooms of coccoliths).

22 Oct 2016
Is it a map

At ... we have a stone age map (one of several in fact) going back to the Neolithic in Denmark ...

     ... scientists at the National Museum of Denmark are reasonably certain the image does not portray the sun or its rays but display the topographical details of the island of Bornholm as it was in the first half of the 3rd millennium BC.

22 Oct 2016
Reed Boat Voyages

At ... a reed boat, the Viracocha III, is being built by Aymara Indians in Bolivia. American explorer Phil Buck claims Thor Heyerdahl was his boyhood hero - and he aims to  take a leaf out of his book. Her wants to prove that ancient mariners were capable of long distance voyages across the world's oceans, specifically using reed boats. He thinks this will open up some of the current restrictions on human migration patterns in the past, mainly as a result of scholarly resistance rather than practical reality.

22 Oct 2016
China refutes BBC slant

At ... a BBC television programme came out with the claim Greek sculpture directly influenced the rendition of the terracotta army in the tomb of the First emperor a week of so ago (see ). The archaeologist has retorted by saying she has been quoted out of context - which is not surprising as the BBC have a habit of selectively editing material.

20 Oct 2016
What's in a name

Perusing the summer 2016 newsletter of the Prehistoric Society (see I came across the reason why and how the name of Doggerland was applied to the watery former habitat below the southern North Sea basin by archaeologists. It came about as the result of a paper by Bryony Coles on wetland environments in Europe in 1998. She applied the term from the Dogger Bank, the area that is most shallow in that basin and from which evidence of Mesolithic activity has been dredged.

19 Oct 2016

At .... Gary Gilligan has continued to update his web site and has now incorporated the solar wind into an interpretation of the god Khepri. If you are familiar with this web site you will understand how he interprets pharaonic history. In this case we learn the pectoral pendant was just 4 inches across and was worn on the chest. The blue scarab beetle has been adorned with falcon wings (to signify an object in the sky) and supports a red orb.