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11 Jan 2020
Caribs

Christopher Columbus, and other early settlers in the Caribbean, spoke about the indigenous islanders and described the Caribs as a fierce tribe that abducted women and cannibilised men (referring to attacks by Caribs on Arawak communities). These stories have been dismissed by modern commentators as a myth - implying Columbus was telling porkies. It fits in well with the modern mantra that cannibals did not exist except in the prejudiced minds of the early settlers.

10 Jan 2020
Mercury Strip

This story has been sent in by Gary - see www.newscientist.com/articles/2229021-mercurys-outer-layers-may-have-bee... ... and yes, it really does say the outer layers of Mercury may have been stripped off by the young planet Venus. However, the events are dated to the early solar system and there is nothing Velikovskian involved. The speculation is that Venus passed close to Mercury on several occasions, stripping it of its outer layers, and again this looks like a chaotic solar system.

9 Jan 2020
Soft Tissue Fossils

This topic keeps on popping up in Creationist circles. Robert sent in the link to Dr Wile, a cool headed chap, but somebody certain that soft tissue fossils disprove the idea of an aged earth. At https://blog.drwile.com/more-incredible-dinosaur-soft-tissue-results/ ... we learn that some of these have been collated on to a video by Mark Armitage and Dr Wile has posted  said video online (at the link above). They include vein valves so clearly some sort of instant fossilisation must be inferred.

9 Jan 2020
Dark Energy doubts

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-evidence-key-assumption-discovery-dark.html ... new evidence that a key assumption concerning the discovery of dark energy is faulty. We might even ask at this part if dark energy was really discovered - rather than an idea that was repeated and became de facto by due process. Anyway, here we have one idea of why it might have flown in cosmological circles - based on an assumption that might turn out to be an error.

9 Jan 2020
Walarus ivory and Greenlanders

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/2500-year-old-scythi... ... a well preserved Scythian warrior grave was opened up by Polish archaeologists in Siberia. It comes from what is described as a giant kurgan (earthen mound) dating from the 7th or 6th centuries BC.

2 Jan 2020
Prehistoric Feasting

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/archaeologists-unear... ... archaeologists have unearthed what appears to be dwellings at Dewerstone and White Tor on Dartmoor - going back to the early to middle Neolithic period.

2 Jan 2020
Ichthyosaur skeleton

Another icthyosaur skeleton has emerged - this time from a Somerset beach. A dog walker discovered the ancient fish in rocks that had eroded as a result of recent storms - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/dog-walker-discovers... ... the fossil fish, a sort of prehistoric dolphin, is according to the headline virtually sitting on the K/T boundary (when it became extinct). It is also known from the Jurassic - and possibly even the Triassic. Other ichthyosaurs found in Somerset are dated considerably older.

30 Dec 2019
Monkeys in Aegean Art

At www.newscientist.com/article/2227146-ancient-monkey-painting-suggests-br... ... some see the Minoans as early forerunners of the Phoenicians but more importantly there was a three pronged trading by ship activity in the Bronze Age that linked the Egyptians with what later became Phoenicia, the eastern Mediterranean part of the Levant, and the Aegean world (centred around Crete and the Cyclades, and later, with mainland Greece). The Minoan world had plentiful links with the Egyptians - and trading entrepots such as Byblos, Ugarit, Tyre and Sidon etc.

30 Dec 2019
Earth's Rotational Quirks

At www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/11/20/earths-rotation-is-mysterious... ... back in 2017 we were told at Forbes that scientists think 2018 and 2019 might turn out to be years in which earthquakes were more frequent as earth's rotation has a habit of slowing down, and speeding up again. The expectation derives from a piece of research on earthquake frequency since 1900. It was found they peaked at roughly 32 year intervals. Subsequently, this was traced back to fluctuations in earth's rotation rate.

30 Dec 2019
Tomb of Khuwy

William sent in a link to the discovery of a stunning 4000 plus years old Egyptian tomb - see for example www.geek.com/news/newly-discovered-4000-year-old-egyptian-tomb-stuns-arc... ... the tomb is at Saqqara, a vast burial ground in Egypt to the south of Cairo. It was the resting place of Khuwy, a nobleman of dynasty 5. It is L shaped with a small corridor heading downwards into an ante chamber - and a larger chamber with painted scenes ...