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Turning over like a Potters wheel ... and the Big ugly Og

Don Mills, on the Eric Aitchison chronology discussion (contact address available if you wish to participate) chips in on a debate about the Ipuwer Papyrus and the fact it is a similar document to other MK examples of the same kind of verbals and therefore must refer to the First Intermediate Period. Velikovsky of course claimed it really belonged to end of Middle Kingdom. He suggests Velikovsky was a bit naughty as he didn't finish off a quotation from the papyrus.

Another mother lode of fossils

Member William Thompson has sent in the title of a book that provides another mother lode. It is Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller, 'Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies' which is published under the auspices of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, by the Peoples Press of Aspen, Colorado (2012). You can buy it in paperback online at Amazon or through any good book store - ISBN 978 1 936905 06 5

What was happening in the years leading up to 1552AD?

Peter Fairlie-Clarke responded to the post on torrential rain and portents in the sky on 17th February and provided us with a source that might just be what is required, the Johann Corian Chronicle which was written down in 1550AD.

Flying dinosaurs and a 'mother lode' of fossils

Robert Farrar sent the two links below - just the sort of material In the News requires. Members are asked not to be so skimpy with the links and the stories.

Patrick McCafferty

What has Patrick McCafferty been up to since he gave a talk at an SIS meeting a few years ago? Well, he pops up as a co-author with Dallas Abbott in an article on Comet Halley -go to

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Dinosaur droppings - and the sea that covered half of Britain and lots of Europe

In the 19th century fertiliser was at a premium. Soot, bones, ashes, dung, maltings and various other things were tried in order to increase the productivity of soils. The most effective fertiliser was guano, bird droppings from S America (but it was highly prized by other nations and cost money to transport and was very expensive). Suffice to say that guano didn't appear on many farms over here - but something else did.

Donald Patten

Donald W Patten, a geographer by training, was born in 1929 in Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. He died recently and will be buried on February 20th in Seattle. He leaves behind seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. He was the owner of Microfilm Service Co. and the Pacific Meridian Publishing Co. He had a lifelong history in ancient history, ancient literature, climatology, genetics, geography, geomorphology, mathematics and philosophy.

Ice Age mammals and their feeding habits

One of the big problems uniformitarians have is the diet of Ice Age mammals. We've all heard of those mammoths that were found with grasses, sedges, and buttercups in their stomachs but it seems that is not enough - it is too temperate perhaps. Hence, the search has been on for an Ice Age diet befitting the tundra and the permafrost zone - and here we have another hypothesis at ...

Smacking Mars

Space rock hit Mars on a regular basis. At ... we have a crater 100 feet in diameter at the centre of radial burst (see also which happened some time between July 2011 and May 2012 (see also

Overkill, or Natural Disaster?

At ... one of the most implausable theories is that humans were capable of killing off the great herds of the Ice Age - such as mastodon, mammoth, giant bison etc. Armed with bows and arrows, they are supposed to have gone on a killing frenzy and set about other animals too, such as giant beaver, giant sloths, and the like, as well as the herbivores.