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27 Feb 2020
Giant Armadillos

At .... massive shellls of extinct Pleistocene armadillos have been found in Argentina. In fact, a graveyard of giant armadillos - found in a dried out river bed near Buenos Aires. Well, actually the graveyard is subject to hype as there were four of them - two adults and two youngsters (a family group that had been terminated and buried together). The link was provided by Robert once again ...

27 Feb 2020

At .... archaeology at Megiddo - Biblical Armageddon. The last battle - the last conflagration etc. The mound of the city is SE of Haifa, not far from Nazareth. The mound is composed of 20 cities (built on top of each other, very often after one of them was destroyed in a conflagration). It began life around 5000BC. In other  words, Megiddo has experienced a number of armageddons - and a final one as the mound was abandoned in the 3rd century AD. Why did it become the focal battle of Revelation?

24 Feb 2020

At .... the title of this piece, the start of the dogocene is dated 'at least' 28,500 years ago. The dogocene = the emergence of domesticated canids (whether from  wolves or what). This date derives from a set of teeth from the Czech Republic which suggests two sets of canids, one dog like and the other, wolf like. This is consistent with the domestication of dogs and the emergence of a genetic shift.

24 Feb 2020

We've had a rash of fireball reports recently, in different parts of the world. We begin with one that ocurred  in September last year above Germany. At Flensberg a citizen found a stone weighing 24.5g on the lawn of his back garden, bearing a black fusion crust. It was carbonaceous - but not your usual sort. It contains minerals - silicates and carbonnites (see ) ...

23 Feb 2020

This discovery sufaced a couple of weeks ago and may already have been mentioned but here is a new link - ... archaeologists from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago were involved in the discovery at the lost city, near the modern village of Turkmen-Karahoyuk, in southern Turkey. A local farmer directed them to a huge stone with a strange inscription ...

23 Feb 2020
What are cities and towns

At ... ancient 'megasites' may reshape what we think is the history of urban life - and how towns and cities evolved. The spotlight is on a small village in the Ukraine set amidst rolling hills and green fields. It seems it was not always a quiet back alley. Beneath the surface of the surrounding landscape there are the remnants of a megasite - a spaced out settlement unlike a town or city archaeologists might usually find on mounds and tells.

22 Feb 2020
Sahara Fossil Fish

Sent in by Gary. At ... fossils of catfish and tilapia have been found in the Sahara, one of the locations being a rock shelter in the Tadrart Acacus Mountains. They swam in rivers during the early Holocene period but died off when the rivers dried out - or the fish had been depleted by humans. Some 17,000 plus identifiable remains were found - 80% of them fish. Many of the remains show they had been filleted (cut marks on the bones) with evidence of burning (from cooking).

22 Feb 2020
Frozen Birds in Permafrost

Robert sent in several links on the same subject - such as ... a well preserved horned lark has been found in Siberian permafrost and its DNA has been recovered. The fossil was found in bleak NE Siberia, a fairly inhospitable environment for a lark. It has been provisionally dated at around 46,000 years ago and the bird is related to horned larks that live in the modern world. During the Late Glacial Maximum the steppe zone spread across northern Europe and Asia and was home to woolly mammoth, bison and woolly rhinoceros etc.

21 Feb 2020
Pole Shift

At ... we have an interesting paper by Woelfli and Baltensperger, 'Ancient East Siberia had a lower latitude in the Pleistocene' ... they begin by outlining their reasons why they think eastern Siberia was warmer in the Pleistocene than it is in the modern world by focussing on the mammoths and other large herbivores, also making note of the fact that Lake Baikal does not seem to have frozen over and its fauna is proof of that (which is generally accepted).

21 Feb 2020
Sent in by Gary

At ... a burial site of victims of the Black Death (14th century AD) has been uncovered at Thornton Abbey in Lincolnshire in what was once a monastic hospital cemetery. Some 48 bodies were found which included 27 children.