Calculating the Ice Ages and modelling Plate Tectonics

At ... for May 5th, we have a couple of stories of interest. If there was not Plate Tectonics, we are informed, life may not have evolved. Astronomers at the Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics say also that if the Earth was smaller and less massive there would have been no tectonics - or continental drift, or any of the nice bits of uniformitarian consensus earth science. No way to build mountains, for example - assumed to be as a result of Plate Tectonics.

Piers Corbyn and Timo Niroma

The late Timo Niroma (of Finland) was a member of SIS for several years and an enthusiastic exponent of the Clube and Napier theory and the SIS Cambridge conferences on Bronze Age Destructions. His  web site contained some ideas drawn from SIS journals - but he also became somewhat of a climate sceptic with a specific interest in solar cycles.

Jesus and his wife

It didn't take long and now we have some backtracking - go to ... last week there was a post which included a piece on a papyrus fragment written in Coptic and containing a text which seemed to suggest Jesus had a wife - which stirred a few pots. Funny, most of those pots were secular - but there you are, a bit of sensationalism works wonders (even in those parts that are not tread with tender intent). This update claims it is not an authentic relic which contradicts the Harvard University people (and their press release).

Chauvet cave paintings

At ... another twist in the dating dispute over the paintings found in Chauvet cave in southern France. On one side the traditionalists, where it is supposed Palaeolithic art developed from crude to sophisticated, and it is possible to date the paintings simply by the style. They have had their nose out of joint recently as C14 dating has suggested the paintings may be somewhat older - a date of 40,000BC has even been suggested.

Sumerian comet impact

It seems someone else has had a go at decyphering the fragmentary tablet K8538 - and the claim is that it describes an impact event in the Tigris-Euphrates marshes. At ... Seifert and Lemke suggest it describes an event that took place in 2200BC. The tablet itself is dated 1500 years later - but they say it is a copy of an older version. The last decypherment of this tablet claimed an impact in the Alps was being recorded.

Dinosaur eating crocodiles

At ... huge crocodiles killed their dinosaur prey by spinning their bodies in death rolls. They were some 40 feet in length - but modern salt water crocodiles (known to go for sharks) can be up to 23 feet long. The paper is published in Historical Biology journal (April 16th).

Doggerland is in the news again

At ... it seems some fresh evidence has emerged on Doggerland, concerning its demise. A huge tsunami wave 8200 years ago generated by a catastrophic underwater collapse of the Storegga Shelf (off the coast of Norway) caused problems by overwhelming Mesolithic settlements along the eastern coast of Scotland and northern England, as well as anyone living in Doggerland itself. However, this giant wave is then said to have gone on to drown a large part of the North Sea basin - which has remained submerged ever since.


At ... in downtown Alexandria (not under the sea). The monument was sealed off, it is though, in the 3rd or 4th centuries AD, as a result of Christian repression of paganism.

Nitric acid rain

Joanne P Ballard, University of Tennesee, and Dick Mol of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, and Andres Bijkerk, a Dutch independent researcher, have written a paper, 'The Tell Tale Tusk; acid rain and the onset of the Younger Dryas' ... and it seems a Siberian mammoth tusk exhibits dissolution on the tusk (as a result of exposure to the atmosphere). They suggest nitric acid rain was responsible - as a result of an extraterrestrial event.

Neanderthals - getting towards reality

At ... seems like Out of Africa might be redundant. US and Dutch researchers are saying Neanderthals were not less advanced than anatomically modern humans. The paper was published in PLoS ONE and it says what most people have been thinking for some time.