Neanderthal Art

At http://popular-archaeology.com.issue/winter-2018/article/earliest-human-... .... we have the full story of cave art found in Spain that has been dated 64,000 years ago - prior to the arrival of modern humans. A couple of weeks ago we were assured the Neanderthals did not do art. The more advanced modern humans introduced it to Europe - and now this. The date is the basis of the claim it was the work of Neanderthals.

Isaiah

A clay seal with the name of Isaiah has been found on a dig in Jerusalem - just 10 feet from another clay seal of Hezekiah. Eilat Mazar speculates that it is a seal of the Biblical prophet Isaiah, a contemporary of Hezekiah and the seige of Jerusalem by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. See for example www.livescience.com/61836-ancient-seal-prophet-isaiah.html ...

Beaker Folk

Late last year we had an article in PNAS that claimed the Bell Beaker folk movement was an actual migration event as far as Britain was concerned, a movement of people from Frisia into Britain which overwhelmed the Neolithic inhabitants. It gave rise to the Bronze Age which in Britain is closely associated with the adoption of field systems and farms of the kind we see in the modern landscape.

Black Hole Gas Outflow

Black Holes continue to make waves it would seem. At https://phys.org/print438421789.html ... a Taiwanese astronomer, Yashiki Toba, and his team, have established that ionised gas outflow driven by a super massive black hole does not necessarily affect its host galaxy - impacting on the molecular gases in the galactic disc.

Ringing Like a Bell

Earth's magnetic field is ringing like a bell - go to http://spaceweather.com 22nd February ... a stream of solar wind is passing just south of the Earth making a grazing contact with the magnetosphere. This is causing the unusual swinging back and forth that is like a ringing bell. The low frequency oscillation went on for over an hour. In spite of the glancing blow it did cause auroral lights over the Arctic - see image below taken in Lapland.

 

 

Wince when Saint Rachel is chimed

This phrase is used by Risk Monger in the second of the links below. The first link concerns the use of pesticides and the hullabaloo around the issue. The second link is more general and concerns the environmental movement in general and how politicians appear not to wish to tread on their toes. Squeamish politicos are all to common and in the EU squeamish bureaucrats are all part of the problem - courtesy of lobby groups and the Green Blob. Saint Rachel is a reference to Rachel Carson who wrote a book in the 1960s that racked up the anti-pesticide movement to full throttle.

Negev Rock Art

Javan sent in the link www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-writings/does-negev-s-ancient-... ... rock art in the Negev - has it anything to do with the Exodus story? A chain of holy mountains with painted rock art on them has led to Yehuda Rotblum, author of 'Rock Art in Israel', to suggest this region was where the Exodus tribes wandered 40 years in the Wilderness (or something like that).

Marine Hunting

Gary sent in this link. At https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ancient-rock-art-shows-whale... ... using harpoons and rafts humans hunted whales off the shore of South America. The hunt was frozen in time - painted on rocks in what is now the Atacama desert. Whales, swordfish, sea lions, and sharks wee depicted - all fearsome creatures if you are stuck on a flimsy raft in the ocean. Were they really hunting for food? What other reason for the rock art might be considered?

Growing Black Holes

Like the five magic beans of Jack the Giant Killer, black holes just keep on growing, threatening to outgrow their galaxies (out performing the production of new stars). For this see https://phys.org/print437928259.html

Soft Tissue Fossils

This story is at https://phys.org/print437926257.html ... firstly, these kind of fossil are few and far between. The fossil record is mostly about the preservation of hard sections of the body - shells, bones, teeth etc. I was looking at some fossils of marine Pleisosaurs the other day and all that was dug out of the rock was the vertebrae and joint bones (although some smaller bones can be found). This is what we mostly know about dinosaurs - the skeletons. That is, until recently, when some of the soft parts have turned up.