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27 May 2016
Petrified Forest

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3593219/North-sea-reveals-7-000-... ... we have another tract of ancient forest revealed off the eastern coast of Britain - once joined to the continent (in this instance woodland stretched from NE England to Denmark). It seems it dates back 7000 years ago when it was covered in sand (a major storm event perhaps). It has been revealed as the tides have apparently washed away the sand that had covered it for so long. Again, another storm event perhaps.

27 May 2016
Topper

At www.postandcourier.com/20160521/160529887/topper-site-find-reveals-peopl... ... the Topper archaeological site has revealed evidence of fire going back 50,000 years agao - long before humans are thought to have arrived in the Americas. Al Goodyear says the human occupation at Topper goes back well before 15,000 years ago (the mainstream preferred date) but evidence of fire somewhat earlier raises the possibility they were in the Americas before the Late Glacial Maximum.

27 May 2016
Phoenician DNA

At http://phys.org/print383372275.html ... the mtDNA of a Phoenician (possibly a Cathaginian) living 2500 years ago has been sequenced. He had the genes of a rare European haplogroup suggesting he had ancestors from somewhere on the opposite side of the Mediterranean from Carthage (such as Iberia or southern France). The findings appear in the May issue of PLOS ONE (see also http://carolynperry.blogspot.nl/2010/10/boy-reconstructed-ariche-carthag...

23 May 2016
Neanderthal disappearance

At www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthals-die-out-because-p... .... Neanderthals had bigger brains than we have and a similar tool repertoire to early modern humans so why did they die out? This obviously intrigues a lot of people and some odd theories have been touted to account for their sudden disappearance and the equally sudden appearance of modern humans in their place. The latest and also odd explanation being put forward is that they died out as a result of their diet - assumed to be high in meat (but lacking enough fat).

23 May 2016
Climate dodgems

One example was forwarded by Bill Thompson - go to www.yahoo.com/news/climate-feedback-allows-scientists-correct-media-erro... ... but at http://notrickszone.com/2016/05/22/1959-paper-shows-most-warming-before-... ... wherein the title says it all. The first piece shows climate scientists have the ability to contradict press stories if they become too outlandish but at the same time they are altering the data themselves to make the story more grisly.

22 May 2016
Ian Plimer

Tim Cullen is at his very best at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/ian-plimer-not-for-the-greens/ ... and they are most unlikely to look at the link which has two videos of Ian Plimer talking to an audience and raising a laugh. He is an Australian geologist of note, a professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne and a professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. His book, 'Not for the Greens' (2014) sets out to use humour to confront the CAGW crowd.

20 May 2016
Slam Dank

Jupiter is hit by between 6 or 7 large impacts each year on average according to a group of amateur astronomers from around the world - see http://phys.org/print382795886.html

20 May 2016
Antarctic fossils

Over a ton (in weight) of fossils has been gathered in Antarctica by a team of scientists. They include marine creatures, dinosaurs, and birds (see www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-hunters-uncover-17-million-year...

At http://phys.org/print382814609.html ... giant bird fossils from Antarctica have been recorded by the Argentines. The shape of their wings allowed them to glide and cruise over large distances, like a sort of prehistoric albatross.

20 May 2016
Pre-Clovis

Evidence of pre-Clovis occcupation of N America is now being found more and more often - which just goes to show how much was being suppressed prior to the dam bursting. The idea of Clovis First is taking a hammering and the latest tale in the saga can be found at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2016/article/prehistoric-sit... ....

19 May 2016
Londinium

At www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/how-london-became-britain... ... one first has to wonder if Londinium was the capital of Britannia (rather than south east Britain) but assuming they are referring to something tangible, it is worth taking this at face value.