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31 Dec 2010
Index of Postings in November and December 2010

November 2010

November 4th ... Approaching Comet Hartley2

November 4th ... Mars - asteroid strike? ... gamma ray bubbles and a newly found neutrino

November 4th ... Mammoth and Mastodon cache in Colorado Mountains

November 4th ... The Book of the Dead

November 5th ... Study Group Meeting - November 4th (London)

November 5th ... Dating Rocks

November 5th ... The Atlantic current during the Ice Age - and melting ice sheets

November 5th ... Comet Hartley2 - flyby images

29 Dec 2010
Tel Qudadi

At www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=13609 ... we learn that Tel Qudadi, a fortress on the mouth of the Yarkon River (now part of modern Tel Aviv) was not a fortified place of Solomon or of Ahab, as previously designated - but was an Assyrian fort of the late 8th/ early 7th centuries BC. Hence, pottery styles and other cultural artifacts within Tel Qudadi may likewise have to be adjusted. I wonder what Bob Porter and chums are saying on Yahoo?

29 Dec 2010
Early Human Revisions

At www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/12/2010/new-work-casts-doubt-on-out-of-africa-theory/ ... there is a report on the recent discovery of the remains of humans found at Qesem Cave near Rosh Ha'ayin in modern Israel. Incredibly, these have been dated via cave floor detritus, to some 400,000 years ago. Now, according to this post the consensus Out of Africa hypothesis is under pressure.

28 Dec 2010
Christmas Trees

At www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2010/arch10/101224candles.htm ... an interesting article by Rens van der Sluijs on illuminated christmas trees - and plasmoids.

24 Dec 2010
A tale of a finger bone and a tooth

This story has been on BBC News and you can read about it at a variety of blogs, including www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222131119.htm which is a report on a paper in the December 23rd issue of Nature about the fingerbone of a young girl found in a cave in southern Siberia and dated 30,000 years ago. She was neither a modern human or a Neanderthal but belonged, it is said, to a previously unknown human species - possibly hybrid.

24 Dec 2010
Woolly Mammoths in the Arctic Circle

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101221114807.htm ... a paper in the journal Palaeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology claims that woolly mammoths living north of the Arctic Circle in the Pleistocene epoch, in this instance between 150,000 and 40,000 years ago, began weaning infants up to 3 years later than modern day African elephants. Biologists looked around for a reason why this might have happened and this is what they decided.

23 Dec 2010
Dolmens in the Jordan Valley

At www.archnews.co.uk/world-archaeology/asia-archaeology/4403 and www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/12//2010/hundreds-of-jordanian-dolmens-saved/ ... dolmens going back to the 4th millennium BC in the Jordan Valley were in danger of being destroyed by mining operations but have now being reprieved by the setting up of an archaeological preserve.

23 Dec 2010
The YD boundary event splutters once again

The big news at http://cosmictusk.com this week is that a former critic of the YD boundary event has, out of nowhere, changed his mind - see Scribd paper available to download as a pdf document (5 pages). This turn around comes after Phil Cleays had said in a December 2009 paper (just 12 months ago) 'the geochemical story is finished; its over. There is nothing, no meteoritic signal.

22 Dec 2010
Ice Ages

The New York Times (see www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/world/middleeast/18deadsea.html ) has picked up on the story of the Dead Sea sediment cores that are currently being drilled out of the middle of what is the world's deepest inland basin. The first bore hole is thought to have passed through four Ice Ages, some 400,000 years. The cores will be sent to Germany for analysis so the above date is a bit of guesswork.

22 Dec 2010
Oz and the weather

At www.physorg.com/print2120041103.html ... we have some nice pictures of snow in Australia - in December. It's supposed to be summer down under but some icy gusts have swept up from the Southern Ocean and tickled the east coast states of NSW and Victoria. Ski resorts have benefited - so we are talking about high ground, the Snowy Mountains perhaps. Still, even in Sydney the temperatures are said to have fallen.