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5 Jun 2020
Foxed

At www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/06/Neanderthals-Denisovans-humans-genetica... ... Here we have it - from the horses mouth (or so it would seem looking at the headline). Neanderthals and Denisovans and Humans (Late Palaeolithic onwards) are closer, genetically, than polar bears are to brown bears. This is a bizarre claim, one might think, as polar bears are known to have evolved from brown bears after adapting to the Arctic.

5 Jun 2020
Mayan LiDAR find

William sent in the link www.yahoo.com/news/oldest-largest-ancient-maya-structure-151016465.html ... but the story is also available elsewhere - such as https://phys.org/news/2020-06-largest-oldest-maya-monument-importance.html ... LiDAR technology, from an aeroplane, has discovered a number of ancient meso-american structures, otherwise unknown. This one was found on the border between Mexico and Guatemala and is thought to date from between 1000 and 800BC. The ceremonial building at the site is larger than any other in the entire Mayan history ....

3 Jun 2020
Spinning Universe

At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-patterns-spiral-galaxies-universe.html ... an analysis of spiral galaxies has revealed unexpected links between spin structures and galaxies and the structure formed by them. It may suggest the early universe would have been spinning - and has continued to spin. Does the universe have an axis?

At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-milky-hot-halo-astronomers.html ... the halo that surrounds the Milky Way appears to be a lot hotter that previously thought. It may also not be unique.

3 Jun 2020
Isle of Wight Pterodactyl

At www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/chinese-pterodactyl-wings-its-way-to-the-u... ... Britain's first pterodactyl fossil, a jawbone in fact, was found by a fossil hunter on the Isle of Wight (near Sandown). It is closely related to a Chinese toejarid (a toothles pterodactyl with a brightly coloured crest). The Isle of Wight has emerged as something of a fossil graveyard for Cretaceous dinosaurs and their ilk. Lots of them have been found.

Over in Nevada we have a 246 million year old pregnant ichthyosaur - fossilised in situ ...

3 Jun 2020
Panspermia and Covid

Cosmic Tusk have been pushing the idea Covid 19 arrived from space - in an exploding meteor. See for example https://cosmictusk.com/cosmos-magazine-disease-from-space-article-suspic... ... funnily enough the article seems to have hit a raw nerve as the powers that be have seen  fit to withdraw the article (after having a short life on the internet). Cosmos magazine has some really good articles but like all things mainstream has a predilection to follow the lines set out to them by the swamp.

2 Jun 2020
Green Ghosts

At https://spaceweather.com (June 1st 2020) we have a short video captured over New Mexico and Texas - a magnificent jelly fish sprite followed by a green after glow ...

1 Jun 2020
More on migration and genetics

At https://anthropology.net/2020/05/30/ancient-dna-from-france-outline-comp... ... the early farmers that moved through the Balkans into eastern and central Europe did not mix with the local hunter gatherers it is thought. This could be as a result of rapid migration over long distances, moving  through the Danube valley into the northern European plain, However, in western Europe, when they  came up against a big obstacle, the sea, things seem to have changed.

1 Jun 2020
Mammal Evolution

At https://sciencex.com/news/2020-05-fossil-discovery-reveals-earliest-rela... .... a fossil discovery reveals the earliest relative of modern mammals - going back 300 million years ago. That is a very long time ago and you will not be surprised to learn that it is a mammal like reptile, a synoside. The fossil came from Nova Scotia - from the remains of a vast fossil forest. At the time Nova Scotia was located near the equator, it is thought.

30 May 2020
solar flaring

At https://spaceweather.com (May 29th 2020) we have news of a big solar flare on one of the flanks of the Sun. Flare activity appears to be intensifying. For the first time in over a year the sun if  flaring quite dramatically. However, it is not yet facing the earth and when it does, next week, the flare may have diminished somewhat.

30 May 2020
Lots of mammoths

William sent in this link www.yahoo.com/news/mammoth-skeletons-dug-mexico-city-155124553.html ... mammoth skeletons dug up during construction of an airport at Mexico City. To date, 70 mammoths have been unearthed since late last year, suggesting that in the Late Pleistocene lots of mammoth roamed Mexico. Apparently, it was grassland in those days - praire. These were Columbian mammoths - which had little fur. They were bigger than the woolly mammoth, found further north, and weighed 20 tons.