Fishy tales and a lake in Gloucestershire that reached as far as Leicestershire

27 Nov 2011

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2066156/Humans-mastered-deep-sea... is a case of jumping to conclusions. Whilst I have no problem with humans in boats 42,000 years ago actually catching big fish such as tuna is quite difficult - and as yet, unproven at that date. A fish hook, or possibly hooks in the plural were found, but dating somewhat later, around 20,000 years ago - but as it is admitted that fish hooks are an unlikely methodology to catch tuna, usually requiring nets strung out, until nets are found the case is conjecture. It is possible tuna were washed up on the beach, even washed into the cave, during major storms, tidal waves, or during typhoons - only some 2,800 fish are involved (over a period of 42,000 years). By the way, I should have mentioned the cave is located in eastern Timor.

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-15851081?print=true ... a finely worked stone tool said to date back to the last interglacial, around 100,000 years ago, has been found on a housing development at Moreton in the Marsh in the Cotswolds. Experts said that at this time the area was either by the sea side or close to a huge lake that is thought to have covered the low lying ground of Gloucestershire, through Warwickshire to the borders of Leicestershire.