Ice Age Sea Levels

At www.physorg.com/print210426748.html we learn that research at Southampton University is looking at the rate of sea level rise at the end of the Ice Age. Presumably computer simulation is being used which is programmed by the idea that sea levels rose as a result of a melting ice sheet rather than through a catastrophic redistribution of ocean waters.

Deep in the Jungle

This story keeps popping up from different sources and it looks like there are a number of archaeological explorations of the Brazilian rainforest going on concurrently. At www.archnews.co.uk/world-archaeology/american-archaeology/3860 on November 21st, or go to the web site and look at the news archive, some 90 settlements in the Brazilian jungle have been found by a joint Swedish-Brazilian team - and nowhere near a river. They appear to have constructed their own reservoirs.

O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre

The big news on sceptic blogs is the acceptance in Journal of Climate of a paper by O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre that refutes a 2009 paper in Nature that claimed that not just the peninsular but western Antarctica itself was warming. There are good grounds for the warming of the peninsular that juts out into the Southern Ocean in the direction of the tip of South America and that is tectonic activity and a propensity for warm water from the central Pacific to flow in that direction on its way into the South Atlantic.

The Fire Spitting Uraeus

Member Gary Gilligan whose web site is at www.gks.uk.com has added new information on a new page, and this time has concentrated on the fire spitting uraeus, protector of the red sun. This an opportune moment in fact as various media outlets have been depicting a previously unknown Egyptian female pharaoh that has come to light, picturing her crown which parallels those of Gary on his web site. Egyptologists  tend to pass over such things as crowns without comment - or the barest of sentences.

Star maps on megaliths?

At www.stonepages.com/nes/archives/004126.html there is a bit of speculation that might be just imagination. A standing stone in S Wales which has 75 cup marks gouged out of its surface may represent a section of the night sky, it is claimed, but how this is arrived at is not disclosed. In addition, they say the particular part of the sky can be pinpointed and includes Cassiopeia, Orion, Sirius, and the North Star - but how do they know this?

Dead Sea sediment core

Israeli scientists are drilling into the sea bed of the Dead Sea in the hope of extracting a sediment core going back several hundred thousand years. This will provide geological and archaeological information that will take years to analyse piece by small piec as it should pigeon hole periods of drought and flood, and changing climate over time. Both Israeli and Palestinian scientists are said to be involved in the project and it is thought one thing that will show up quite clearly is a history of earthquake activity in the Jordan Valley as relevant layers will not line up.

Stone and Wooden circles in N America

See www.examiner.com for the full story 'Cahokia's woodhenges' - and this is the much advertised mound people of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys that flourished in what was the Medieval Warm Period. The roots go back to the mid first millennium AD but what is emphasised here by this newspaper is an assumed astronomical link between a ring of post holes and stone circles.

Egyptian Wetlands

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/66507/title/Shuttle_images_reveal_Egypts_lost_giant_lake/ ... what is now a huge sand sheet to the west of the Nile was once a lake as large as Lake Erie before 80,000 years ago.

Australian megafauna demise

At www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/11/30/3080101.htm there is another story blaming humans for the demise of megafauna in Australia around 40,000 years ago. The paper was published in PNAS but was not entirely convinced by the human hunting argument and for once contained a lot of evidence indicating environmental changes occurred at this time that were pretty wide ranging. There was also evidence of huge landscape fires so this is perhaps a paper to be read to glean the small detail.

Melanesians in the Americas and European genes among the Chinese

At http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html ... this is a post going back to October 26th 1999 and is probably out of reach of a simple click. A skull of a human fossil found in Brazil appears to have an origin in Melanesian people on the other side of the Pacific. In fact, there seems to have been a cemetery of them but only one of them was sent to the University of Manchester to be analysed.