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22 May 2020
Filling the Niche

At ... another example of evolution reproducing similar niche feeding habitats as a result of similarities in niche environments. These concern different geological periods. A reptile in one period is superseded by a mammal in a later period but similarities in behaviour and feeding habits remain - simply because a niche environment has become vacant. In this instance we begin with modern basking sharks. No sharp teeth and predatory hunting here as they feed by opening big mouths that filter plankton and small sea creatures.

22 May 2020
Comet Swan and a tail

At ... the image below was taken by a UK astrophotograper, Damian Peach ...

   ... unfortunately, it won't be easy to see the comet by naked eye observation. Binoculars or telescopes are recommended. This is because of the bright twilight sky and the low altitude of the comet. There is a short video at the link above, a guide to seeing the comet from the UK and northern latitudes in general.

17 May 2020
The Monster Walk

At ... long legs make for good runners as any schoolboy knows. The chap with the long hairy legs is always going to win at the school sports day. What about long legs on a monster - such as Tyrannosaurus Rex. Paleontologists assumed the longs legs made for short bursts of speed in order to capture prey. A new study begs to differ. They evolved long legs in order to walk long distances. Longs legs = endurance and efficiency.

17 May 2020
Humans on the Move

At ... a global cooling event 4200 years ago spurred the evolution of rice which then spread across Asia, we are told. The cooling event is the well known 2300BC event with a low growth tree ring anomaly at 2345 and again, at 2200/2150BC. Moe Mandelkehr in one of his SIS articles catalogued a considerable amount of long distance migration that occurred at this time. In the new study the crisis led to the development of improved rice varieties.

17 May 2020
Black Holes Neutron Stars

This subject is up on the Thunderblogs this week, presumably pre-emted by the new study. At ... mergers between black holes and neutron stars. They say they occur in dense star clusters. The hope is that by studying this phenomenon they will find info on gravitational waves. Thunderblogs didn't put it in quite the same way.

17 May 2020
Atmospheric viruses and bacteria

At .. this is an interesting post by guest blogger Robert Kernodle. The atmosphere is choc a bloc with viruses and bacteria, over three billion of them per square metre per day. Think about that. The numbers are staggering. The comments are varied as always. It comes with a blog that gets a lot of traffic. Some of the knowledgeable ones are extremely mainstream and the idea of panspermia is quickly shut down.

14 May 2020
1921 Geomagnetic Storm

At (3th May 2020) we learn that Comet Swan has cross the celestial equator and is now visible to observers in the northern hemisphere. Look east just before dawn - if you can drag yourself out of bed.

14 May 2020
Making Mischief

A bit of mischievous propaganda from Iran. At ..  evidence suggests prehistoric people living in Iran migrated to the Americas. This is according to an archaeologist in Iran (and the propaganda machine). The idea is based on distinct similarities between petroglyphs and cave painting symbols in Iran and those found in the Americas.

14 May 2020
A Silver Lining

The law of unexpected consequences strikes again - providing a silver lining. At ... Exeter University has got local archaeologists, mostly amateur, to look at LiDAR data during lockdown. They have discovered a lot of new archaeology that the professionals will have on their to do list once the lockdown ends. It includes two sections of Roman road, 30 large embanked settlement enclosures, and 20 prehistoric burial mounds, and hundreds of medieval farms, field systems and quarries.

12 May 2020
Mooning Again

Sent in by Gary. At ... a couple of days ago we learned the moon could not have been formed by an impact as carbon had been detected on the surface. Now, we have a study that sticks to the mainstream mantra - and the moon was formed by a massive impact event. A lunar rock brought back by the Apollo mission has yielded a 'small grain' inside it that shows it had been heated to more than 4,172 degrees F. Such a temperature could only have occurred via a giant impact event we are assured.