Chumash archaeo-astronomy?,8599,1960661,00.html  February 9th ... a tree in California was carved with astronomical signs representing constellations, it is alleged. The scorpion tree, a gnarled oak in the Santa Lucia Mountains, has the image of a six legged lizard meticulously scrawled across it's trunk, nearly 3 feet in length and topped with a rectangular crown and two large spheres. It belonged to the Chumush, it is thought, as they were responsible for similar painted rock art elsewhere in California.


Science News at has a story that pops up on other sites and blogs such as about people migrating from NE Asia to North America at various times during the Holocene. The story is about an intrusion that passed all the way across Alaska and northern Canada and ended in Greenland.

Climate Tidbits

Science Daily January 2nd ... it is now being claimed Swiss glaciers were melting faster than modern times as recently as the 1930s/1940s warming phase. A couple of years ago Jim Hansen was forced to admit that 1934 was warmer, or as warm as 1998. Three years in the 1930s were as warm as current temperatures (see archive for story) but this was confined to the US - i.e. it was GISS data that was found to be faulty and for some reason it never went further than that.


Science Daily July 5th 2007 ... although this is an old story it is never the less interesting. Apparently, wolves in Alaska became extinct at the same time as the mammoths and some other large mammals. It seems the region was re-colonised by grey wolves in the Holocene, from a southern species that slightly differed in anatomy. This raises the issue of overkill and Clovis people. Why would Clovis people exterminate the wolf from Alaska - and is there any evidence of Clovis people that far north.


Daily Galaxy January 25th ... several leading astrophysicists believe there was no Big Bang to bring the universe and time into existence. Instead, they think we are trapped in a thin membrane of space-time embedded in a much larger cosmos from which neither light nor energy can escape - apart from gravity. Accordingly, dark matter is just the rest of the universes that we cannot see because light cannot escape. Neat.

Plant mutations January 4th ... the speed of mutations in plants has been monitored for the first time and findings shed light on the evolutionary process. It happens much quicker than imagined and therefore this raises some questions about the uniformitarian model - does it require such a long time to produce the evolutionary changes observed. If plants and animals can mutate quickly this means that punctuated evolution is a real possibility - long periods with no change interrupted by short bursts of mutation.

The hole in the crust

Daily Galaxy December 27th 2009 ... in 2005 an Ethiopian volcano erupted and in the process a 35 mile rift in the landscape was created - in days (instant geology). The writer says, almost off-handedly, that nature appears to make changes much more rapidly than geology allows. However, the uniformitarian model seems to just bob up and down and take these observations on the chin without a flicker.

Pleistocene January 12th ... the Black Mesa basin in Arizona has underground aquifers created by seepage through the overlying geology. The water contains gases that provide a hint of ancient climate in the region - via palaeohydrological tools that capture noble gases such as neon and helium, elements that resist normal chemical reactions. Initial results show the aquifer was recharged during the last Ice Age and this implies the Jet Stream at that time was much further south than it is today.

Current Archaeology 239 February 2010

Several items are worth repeating to the wider world. The Clovis culture people are blamed for the extinction of mammoths in North America according to the overkill hypothesis. Research has now shown the mammoth population fell sharply towards the end of the Ice Age and before the Clovis people - though mammoths, in smaller numbers, did continue to exist until the Younger Dryas Event.

Extra-terrestrial geology from several sources claims that cosmic activity has been detected in raised bogs in NW Europe and in Siberia (at Tunguska). These traces appear to correspond to episodes of rapid climate change in the Middle and Late Holocene. Lars Franzen of the Earth Sciences Centre at Goteburg in Sweden says raised bogs are an archive of atmospheric deposition in peat over the last 10,000 years (the end of the Younger Dryas Event).