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17 May 2019
Jomon, Neanderthals and Mesolithic

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/05/dna-study-jomon-woma... ... a Japanese DNA study on the bones of a Jomon woman on an island north of Hokkaido has found a genetic signature in common with Koreans, Filipinos, and the indigenous inhabitants of Taiwan. However, she also showed a genetic ability to eat a high fat diet which she shares with people of the Arctic north, including Inuit. Marine mammals are very fatty and numerous bones of them have been found in Jomon contexts.

16 May 2019
North Sea Bottom

This one comes courtesy of https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/08/mapping-begins-of-lands-... ... a collation of 15 years research is being put together in a map of the bottom of the North Sea. Research is beginning on the finer details, dredging for evidence of human activity on what was dry land prior to 8000 years ago. Expect some surprises. Some interesting places which might produce results have been isolated from the mapping.

16 May 2019
Recycling

The European export of plastic consumer waste to developing countries is coming to an end - and no word about it from David Attenbrough or the BBC. The Greens are also keeping their mouths shut in the hope the news won't catch the attention of Joe Public, according to a press release (15th May 2019) from the www.thegwpf.org ... Much of the recycled plastic from Europe ends up in the rivers and oceans of Asia.

16 May 2019
Giant Beavers

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7016057/ ... giant beavers once roamed North America, alongside woolly mammoths and giant sloths. They all disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene. These beavers did not munch and crunch on wood (trees and saplings) but thier diet, instead, consisted of aquatic plants. We might wonder if these aquatic plants were themselves giants in order to accommodate giant diets. It is thought their food source would have disappeared at the end of the Ice Age (as the climate of North America became warmer).

16 May 2019
A Big Crocodile

The story comes from https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/05/remains-of-rare-preh... ... the remains of a prehistoric crocodile, known as a Thoracosauros, has been found inside a block of chalk. This was a marine, or sea swimming crocodile, able to forage at the edge of the oceans. One may wonder how the remains of a crocodile ended up encased in chalk if chalk was down down over 60 to 90 million years and more, by the accumulation of the shells of ocean algae on the sea bed.

16 May 2019
Trapped in Amber

Another imponderable. Lots of things get trapped in amber but most are land mased animals and insects - or freshwater (from a wetland environment). One can think of dragonflies for example. Now, a Chinese researcher has found the first known ammonite trapped in amber - and ammonites are deep sea animals. It came from the Myanmar amber bed (in Burma). These amber beds also include sea snails and sea slaters ... all marine species. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/05/coastal-organisms-tr... ...

16 May 2019
The Quaking and Shrinking Moon

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7023841/ ... the Moon has earthquakes - and is shrinking. Moonquakes occur because the Moon is tectonically active - and they cause it to wrinkle like a dried grape (a raisin). Its internal parts are thought to be cooling which cause its surface to contract - or that is the explanation. The brittle surface at the crust cracks and forms step like cliffs or scarps.

14 May 2019
Telescopes in Space

At https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/run-tis050619.php .... the first image of a black hole has led to the next challenge - how to take sharper images in order to further test Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. ESA astronomers are putting together plans to launch radio telescopes in space (see Astronomy and Astrophysics May 2019). The idea is to place satellites into orbit in order to observe what is thought to be black holes. Sharper images of a black hole will provide better information in order to test Relativity (or that is the thinking).

13 May 2019
Anglo Saxon Burial

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/05/anglo-saxon-princely... ... (see also https://phys.org/news/2019-05-britain-king-tut-tomb-roadside.html) ... a small bump on a patch of grass in Essex, situated between a road and a railway line, has yielded the grave of an Anglo Saxon prince which shows influence of Christianity in around 600AD, when England was supposedly thoroughly pagan. It was spotted as a potential archaeological site as early as 2003 - but things move slowly in archaeological circles.

13 May 2019
Footprint in Patagonia

At https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0213572 ... a human footprint that seems to shatter the peopling of the Americas mainstream song sheet. A sedimentary structure at Osome in southern Chile which is strongly associated with megafauna bones, as well as unifacial lithic tools, has what is said to be a Late Pleistocene footprint by a member of the Homo sapiens family. It is intimated that it is an hominid rather than a modern human footprint.