Biology news

eels and the Gulf Stream

Otto Muck, in his book 'The Secret of Atlantis' Collins:1978, was a catastrophist and though his theory was overtaken by other ideas, on the fate of Atlantis and the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, he came up with a novel explanation for the behaviour of eels, drifting as larvae on the Gulf Stream with an origin in the Sargasso Sea.

Richard Milton

At www.world-mysteries.com/milton_darwin1.htm ... there is a post on Richard Milton concering Darwinism, as he calls it but what we might call Gradualism or Uniformitarianism (evolution by painstakingly slow processes). He says that debate of Darwinism is forbidden in mainstream media. Alternative theories are discouraged. This is probably a self imposed decision rather than anything sinister as we have the same unwillingness to debate or take on CAGW. Self imposed PC. It is simply never discussed publicly - only on blogs or in articles outside of the reach of mainstream media.

crocodiles

At http://phys.org/print362238625.html ... changing sea levels and global cooling events caused serious declines in the number of crocodiles inhabiting planet Earth at any given time - which really means that the odd catastrophe has periodically reduced their numbers.

dinosaur alaska

William Thompson provided the link, www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/researchers-lost-world-of-dinosaurs-thrived-in... ... I'm not sure if the journalist that did this post was raising a query, with tongue in cheek, or if the author really thought it possible dinosaurs flourished in polar conditions. Whatever, once again we see that consensus doesn't conform with facts.

a woolly tale

At http://siberiantimes.com/home/born-in-siberia/sasha-the-worlds-only-baby... ... a baby woolly rhinoceros, 34,000 years old, has been dated to a specific period that witnessed an unknown catastrophic event, possibly two events between 40 and 30,000 years old (and directly succeeded by the Late Glacial Maximum). At this same date C14 methodology hits a brick wall - and cannot be used later than 40,000 years ago.

Exodus

Exodus is going to feature in one of our talks at the speaker meeting in Watford this weekend so it might be worth while if you get a handle on it before the talk is uploaded on to our web site. The following links were provided by SIS member Adam Stuart. At http://fontes.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/how_reliable_is_exodus.htm ... an excellent rebuff to critics of the Exodus event by A Millard - or at least support for a movement of people out of Egypt by a group of Asiatics steeped in Egyptian culture.

Charon's red pole

At http://phys.org/print361182218.html ... surfaces vary in colour when something about them changes, due to composition and make-up (geology) and other differences (liquid and solid etc). The northern polar region of Charon, one of Pluto's companions, are much redder than the rest of it - but what is causing this?

Pentecopterus

  At http://phys.org/print360320788.html ... it has been found that European domesticated pigs have far more genetic links to the wild European boar population than previously thought. Previously, scientists have treated the domesticated pig as if it was an isolated genome - once domesticated it did not mix with wild pigs. Now, it has been discovered there has been continuous gene flow in order to modify, over and over again.

Do you like walnuts

Do you like walnuts? They were a valuable trade commodity in the past, spreading out along the Silk Road, from  Persia to China in the east, and to Europe in the west - see http://phys.org/print360565821.html

shark fins in a shallow lagoon

At http://phys.org/print357476870.html ... University of Southampton researchers have found the behaviour of fruit flies can be altered by an electric field. The wings of the insects are disturbed by static electricity which appear to cause neuro-chemical changes in their brains (if that is the right term).