Dating anomalies

Science News ( ) April 16th ... new age estimates for Homo erectus fossils from Java have produced puzzling results. Anthrolopologists thought Homo erectus had survived on Java until 30,000 years ago - but the new dating method indicates they died out much earlier. The difference is due to the application of differing dating methodologies.

Zodiacal Glow

At ... Nesvorny and Jennisken in The Astrophysical Journal attribute the glow that straddles the night time zodiac in the eastern sky as sunlight scattered on dust particles - from  comets. More than 85 per cent of the dust, they say, originated from short period comets - not asteroids. In addition, snow in Antarctica is laced with micro-meteorites and 80 to 90 per cent of this comes from the same source.

Indus Script April 16th ... an interview with Professor Asko Parpola, an Indologist from the University of Helsinki, is the subject of this article. He has done sustained work on the Indus script and although it is yet to be decyphered he thinks it is written in a Dravidian language that may be fairly close to Old Tamil. Problems in  decypherment are in part due to the fact that only short and terse pieces of the script have survived.

Dark Matter Doubts

At www.physorg>com/print190631146 ... astrophysicists are looking everywhere for dark matter - inside the Large Hadron Collider, in deep mines, and way out in space, but evidence of dark matter cannot yet be found. It is claimed it makes up a quarter of the energy density of the universe. Current models and simulations cannot acount for the excess in positrons being observed - on the satellite experiment of PAMELA for instance.

Black Holes, Sprites, Solar Flares and Interstellar Water

At ... research has found natural particle accelerators can be formed by lightning storms. When intense lightning discharges in thunderstorms coincide with high energy particles (cosmic rays) coming in from space nature forms a giant particle accelerator above the clouds - stripping electrons from air molecules. He is referring to lightning discharges above thunderstorms - known as sprites (see below).

The Nine Stones of Cut Hill

At 2756 April 14th ... the story of the Nine recumbent stones found on Cut Hill in a remote area of Dartmoor, as mentioned a few days ago, is worth revisiting. They point out that Cut Hill is the most spectacular promontory in the area and when the stones were laid down it was open heath surrounded by woodland - quite unlike the modern wet and miserable climate. It rains an awful lot on Darmoor - and is famed for it's quickly descending mist and fog.

Abraham's Covenant

Science Daily April 13th (see also ) ... Canadian archaeologists have unearthed an ancient treaty that could have served as a model for the Biblical description of God's covenant with the Israelites. The tablet dates to 670BC - roughly  just prior to the time the Bible is supposed to have been written.

YD impact; increasingly looks unlikely - or does it?

Starting on a positive note but with no idea if he is describing reality or not, we may begin with April 10th and a post with the title (see right hand menu on web page) 'The North East impact zone and the destruction of the Laurentide ice sheet' ...

Accessible Articles via links on Cosmic Tusk

At April 9th ... there is an article on the YD boundary event and it's impact on Arizona, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Many sites in Arizona have evidence of the Clovis culture which apparently thrived in the centuries immediately before the Younger Dryas period. A raft of large animals became extinct at the boundary, the dividing line being a thin black layer in the geology (they are below but not above the black layer).

Gulf dry and wide

At April 11th there is a story in which a team of archaeologists from Birmingham University (who pioneered research on the North Sea bottom) have been in Qatar and looking at the sea floor of the Gulf (in conjunction with the Qatar Natural History Museum). They have been able to demonstrate how the Gulf has changed during the last ten thousand years as a result of sea level rise. During the Ice Age the peninsular of Qatar was part of a huge plain stretching all the way across to Iran - broken just by a couple of fresh water lakes.