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29 Dec 2019
Birch Bark Tar

At .... which is derived from the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (2019) see .... for open acess full article. Scientists have identified the use of birch bark tar in early medieval Britain - a product known from prehistory (the Palaeolithic period). It is very sticky - and water resistant. It was used throughout Europe, from France and the UK to Scandinavia and various points eastwards. From the Mediterranean in the south to the Baltic in the north.

29 Dec 2019
Triassic Park

At ... this concerns a top of the food chain dinosaur, the Gnathovorex. It was ten feet long and bigger than other dinosaurs at the time, back in the Triassic. They roamed about it what was then a Brazilian pampas environment.

29 Dec 2019
Fossil Shells

At ... concerns fossil oyster shells found in Alabama (along the Tombigbee River) among other diverse locations. They date back 66 to 72 million years ago - on the cusp of the K/T boundary event (but dated a few million years earlier). We are, it seems, back to that hoary old chestnut, a geochronological failure in managing end of Cretaceous sediments with the Chicxulub crater (and the thin line of iridium which is used as a marker point amid a sea of sedimentation layering).

27 Dec 2019
Lightning at Callanish

At ... back in the summer of 2017 we had a report on the discovery of a small square anomaly on geophys which was thought to be a megalithic construct with a tall standing stone within it - known for the last 80 years as the obelisk. The square feature was found within a stone circle at Avebury - but both square and stone circle were themselves within the bigger stone circle - and henge. Not a lot has been said about it of late, but no doubt some research is ongoing.

27 Dec 2019
Deep Earth Microbes

Robert sent in links to ... and .... and adds, in chaper 6 of his book, 'The Deep Hot Biosphere', Thomas Gold documents the drilling experiments carried out in the early 1980s at Siljan in Sweden. The oil sludge drawn from a depth of 6 km in a purely granitic and igneous region of Sweden is compelling evidence of the presence of hydrocarbons at a depth that the biogenics theory cannot account for.

27 Dec 2019
Rewriting Human History

At ... rewriting human history using DNA. Joshua Akey of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is trying to better understand our links with Neanderthals, Denisovans, even Homo erectus. Later, we learn this is a carry on of the research made by Paul Reich. Akey has been able to uncover genetic inter connectors on a scale previously impossible but the message, basikcally, is that there is an enormous amount of information yet to be discovered - rather than anything significantly new.

23 Dec 2019
Sea Level Changes

At ... or ... as well as ... a submerged 7000 year old village and sea wall are said to represent the earliest known coastal defence barrier against sea level rise - the obligatory nod to climate change in order to be published without any hassle.

20 Dec 2019
End Permian in Review

William sent a link to this story but see ... the End of Permian mass extinction event 250 million years ago has had reams of material published - including many books. It is one of those settled subjects. Perhaps it was not all it was cracked up to be. Geologist Robert Gastaldo is said to have recorded the most definitive proof to date that the extinctions did not occur at the same time.

20 Dec 2019
Hexagon Cyclones

I'm sure this story, opr something like it has been up on Thunderbolts at some time or the other. At ... NASAs Juno missio and a Jupiter discovery - six cyclones forming a hexagon pattern around a central cyclone at Jupiter's south pole. The discovery occurred back in November (2019) during a data gathering flyby of Jupiter.

17 Dec 2019
Comets and X-rays

At ... telescopes around the world have been focussed on Comet Borisov, the apparent interstellar visitor. It is moving so fast it has not been captured by our Sun, yet still sports a tail of dust and debris.