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21 Feb 2020
Shanidar Cave

Also sent in by Gary, ( ... and by William. The skeleton of a Neanderthal individual (sex as yet undetermined) that lived around 70,000 years ago has been unearthed at Shanidar Cave in Kurdistan. The cave was the scene 60 years ago of a famous discovery of 10 sets of remains of Neanderthals. Some of them were laid in a channel in the cave floor which had been intentionally dug out to accommodate the bodies along with pollen (suggesting flowers had been deposited with them in an intentional show of grief).

21 Feb 2020
Eggs and Blood

At ... this and the following links were sent in by Robert. Were dinosaurs cold blooded, like reptiles, or warm blooded, like birds. A new study seeks to resolve the issue and suggests the latter. There appears to be a concerted endeavour to see dinosaurs as bird like rather than reptile like and this study is one more in a chain of such claims. The view is based on the composition of chemicals inside fossilised dinosaur egg shells.

18 Feb 2020
Dinosaur Blood Vessels

At .. scientists in the US have been analysing via infrared, X-rays, and spectromicroscopy, dinosaur remains in order to dscover how soft tissue managed to survive over millions of years. It seems it runs counter to the science, described as dogma, that protein rich body parts cannot survive longer that a million or so years. It seems that it has become vital for the science to explain this survival mechanism - no doubt because it has become somewhat embarrassing when confronted by recent finds.

17 Feb 2020
Giant Turtles

At ... an extinct giant turtle had a horned shell. The fossil hails from South America and has brothers in arms - such as giant rodents and crocodiles, dating back 5 to 10 million years ago - which is fairly recent in geological time. It is assumed the turtles were predated by the crocodiles and the horns were a defensive mechanism. Stupendemys geographicus is the title bestowed on the animal.

17 Feb 2020
Tel Motza

Gary sent in this link - temple near Jerusalem challenges the claim there was just one temple in Jerusalem, that of Solomon. This appears to refer to the position in the reign of Josiah (late 7th century BC or even the situation after the Exiles returned from Babylon. Not sure if it applies to the Monarchy period as a whole - but that might spoil the story at ... this story may also be impacted by chronology - a revision of Iron II strata from 10th to 9th centuries BC which is heavily contested by some factions.

17 Feb 2020
Necropolis at Asyut

At ... concerns the acropolis of Asyut - which goes back 4000 years. An ancient city with its temples, palaces, libraries and houses was later overcome by Nile flood sediments. These were possibly as a result of the river changing channels as it did on a number of occasions. A recent excavation, in the mountains above Asyut, has provided new information on the city that existed during the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom.

17 Feb 2020
Sea Dragons

At ... the sea dragons in question are ichthyosaurs - fish like reptiles that filled an evolutionary niche in the oceans equivalent to modern dolphins and porpoise. They first appeared in the record of the rocks at 250 million years ago, it is said. They went on to diversify into a broad range of sizes and occupied a variety of marine ecologies. However, around 200 million years ago, we are told, there was a bottleneck through which only one lineage of ichthyosaurs survived.

16 Feb 2020
Oral Traditions

At ... Aborigines and traditions. It seems some of these traditions allude to volcanic eruptions and meteors - and some of them may date back thousands of years. In SE Australia there are 400 basaltic intrusions as a result of eruptions -  probably dating within the last 100,000 years,  it is suggested. Aborigines have been in Australia a long time - possibly over 50,000 years. Their Denisovan ancestors even longer.

16 Feb 2020
Ice Ages come and Go

At ... scientists show solar system processes control the carbon cycle - throughout Earth's history (or at least that part of it in which humans have existed). Below is an image from the Jurasic coast of Dorset, the so called 'Belemnite Mud Member' - which is geological speak for a mudstone sedimentary formation that can be seen in the sea cliffs of the Jurassic coast. It seems a similar geological horizon exists in Wales, also with abundant fossils of marine belemnites ...

15 Feb 2020
Grains in the Wrong Place

At ... cereal grains dating back 5200 years ago (3200BC) have been discovered in the eastern Altai mountains (on the China side). The Altai mountains in southern Siberia (central Asia if you like) regularly crop up in discoveries of fossils of Neanderthals and Denisovans but now we have evidence people were moving cereal grains, and planting crops, across Eurasia earlier than previously thought - more properly as far north as they were discovered.