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Dinosaur molecules

At ... focuses on the research of Mary Schweitzer who came out with the idea organic molecules can be preserved for millions of years, entombed within rocks. She looked at dinosaurs - out of preference. Her team claim to have extracted  structures resembling blood vessels and the residue of proteins. These fossils open a new window on the past.

William's catastrophist list

William Thompson has now had his catastrophist list posted by George Howard - go to ... which is good news for William Thompson and easily accessible for SIS fellow members to access with immediate click on to the list. Good news for us all. It has gone down well at George's web site - which is excellent news.

Cantre'r Gwaelod

At ... is about the petrified trees of Borth, and asks if they are linked to the legendary kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod. I can therefore be described as a piece of speculation - but in this instance there is undoubtedly a grain of truth. The remains are said to date back 6000 years ago - yet, in the same headline they are said to be from the Bronze Age (between 4000 and 3000 years ago). Recent storms uncovered the huge forest off shore from Borth, the stumps of hundreds of trees.

Ninsianna - Venus comet or a comet comet?

In 1912 Franz Xaver Kugler discovered a reference to year 8 of Ammisaduga (see Peter James, Centuries of Darkness, 1991, appendix 3) in some fragmentary Babylonian clay tablets. It recorded the appearances and disappearances of a celestial body going by the handle of Ninsianna. This goddess is usually identified as the same figure as the better known goddess Ishtar, and both have tended to be identified with the planet Venus. Bernard Newgrosh did this in an important article on Ninsianna in an SIS journal some years ago. Also, Velikovsky assumed Ninsianna was Venus - but why?

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.