Catastrophism news

Cycling

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/de-vries-events/ ... Tim Cullen has a pop at long term solar cycles, pointing out they rely on proxy data from tree rings and ice cores (and the like) which includes C14 levels in ice cores and dust profiles created from ice cores. I found it rather intriguing that the largest amplitude of the de Vries cycle are found at 8200, 4500, 2500 and 800 years ago.

Emperor Yao

Emperor Yao was not in effect a human emperor of the Chinese but a sky deity. In his rule a deluge occurred as a result of water escaping out of a hole in the sky. He was also associated with many other wondrous events. 

Rens van der Sluijs is back on song at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/09/24/wizards-and-sourcerers/ ... which is a brilliant pun on the use of source material by scholars. He looks at four misquotes of original material and notes that going back to the original is always a worthwhile exercise.

Mesolithic star gazers

We have had cave artists from the Palaeolithic era (during the Ice Age) obsessed with the Pleiades and the Hyades. Now we have evidence of early Holocene interest in the sky - go to www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2014/mesolithic-sanctuary-r... ... a site in Pomerania dating back 9000 years or so, in effect a series of huts that have been preserved intact with their contents, is being excavated. One of the huts is thought to have belonged to a shaman as so called ritual objects were found there - including a meteorite..

The Gulf Stream in the Ice Age

At http://phys.org/print330072076.html ... an article in the journal Geology claims the Gulf Stream still flowed into the Nordic seas during the coldest parts of the Ice Age. Is this possible?

The nanodiamond debate

At http://cosmictusk.com/university-of-chicago-nanodiamonds-prove-cosmic-im... ... which is a reference to the recent Younger Dryas event. The same story is at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/11/microscopic-diamonds-suggest-cosmi... ... where the first comments become somewhat heated. However, the very first comment is somewhat reflective in that it says that if you ignore the Younger Dryas event the warming after the Ice Age is a straight line right into the Holocene (at 11,500 years ago).

On a Plait

George Howard takes another pop at Phil Plait and his 'consensus science rules' blog after he had a go at Chandra Wickramasinghe and the theory of Panspermia. George considers Panspermia to be a friendly cousin of neo-catastrophism and worthy of defence on the same grounds. Both subjects endure a lot of criticism, especially by people such as Plait who instinctively disapprove and oppose new ideas as if it is an affront on them personally rather than a different way of looking at things, in the spirit of science.

Climatic blips from Egypt

At http://news.ucsc.edu/2014/09/egyptian-mammals.html ... a paper in PNAS (Sept 8th 2014) sets out to assemble a record of large mammals living in the Nile Valley - over the last 6000 years. Therefore it doesn't seek to catalogue the fauna of the early Holocene when the Sahara was a much wetter environment. The arid climate appears to have set in as a result of a series of step changes - periods of very dry climate that correspond with low growth tree ring events.

New paper on the Younger Dryas

I was sure there had been a pre-publication version of this paper in the Journal of Geology but I can't find it now. Another paper on the Younger Dryas event just emphasizes the insistence of the YDB team in keeping their theory afloat - in spite of a series of critical papers that have attempted to debunk the claims.

Aurochs in Mesolithic Britain

Bones of aurochs have been found in plentiful quantities at Blick Mead (as reported a couple of weeks ago). This site was used for a long time, over 3000 years, and it seems that periodically, possibly at certain points in the calendar, aurochs were hunted down on Salisbury Plain and brought to what is now Vespasians Camp, cooked and eaten - in a grand communal feast. This may have a connection with ancient representations of the bull that go way back into the Palaeolithic period, surviving into the modern European world with such folklore and games as bull fights.