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6 Jan 2021
Doggerland - how did it sink

The headline talks about Doggerland sinking but the meat of the story seems to be a change in sea levels. At www.dw.com/en/doggerland-how-did-the-atlantis-of-the-north-sea-sink/a-55... ... Doggerland, the continentle shelf system of the southern North Sea basin. Was it drowned as a result of the Storegga land slide and subserquent huge tsunami wave or did it succomb somewhat later. This article hints that it survived Storegga and an island centred on what is now the Dogger Bank survived the event for hundreds of years.

1 Jan 2021
Vanishing Moon

Gary sent in this link, www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-forgotten-volcanic-eruptions-in-history-... ... we know that dendrochronologists were happy wen the ice core people were persuaded to to accept a 7 year discrepancy between the two disciplines a few years ago. This revolved around the date of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the odd thing that two narrow growth tree ring events only had one volcano between them - but there was one 7 years later. In making the switch all was deemed well but it seems some other historical volcanoes then became out of kilter.

1 Jan 2021
Velikovsky on Horizon

Robert sent in these links which have an interesting take on Velikovsky, who had amassed a lot of interested from students of the period.

https://archive.org/details/vkvbd

https://www.velikovsky.info/horizon-worlds-in-collision/ .. but has disappeared from this one ... https://archive.org/detals/wrldsc

 

1 Jan 2021
Woolly Rhino Carcass

Both William and Gary sent in links to this story. At www.yahoo.com/news/woolly-rhino-remains-found-melting-151024751.html ... and www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9096475/ ... the carcass of a woolly rhinoceros, a juvenile, has emerged from the Ice Age. Its hazle coloured coat of hair is still intact. It seems melting permafrost in this part of Siberia, the Sakha Republic, has already come up with some rare Ice Age remains such as a wolf cub and a baby mammoth. Even some of the internal organs are preserved by the cold weather - an icy tomb.

27 Dec 2020
Teeth and Tooth and Incisor

Some interesting studies have been published in December. Robert has sent three links, the first of which is at https://phys.org/news/2020-12-prehistoric-dinosaurs-mammals-teeth.html ... which has been added to in a later update at https://phys.org/news/2020-12-team-dinosaurs-mammals.html ... where we have an apparently surprising connection between the teeth of gorgonopsians and those of mammal carnivores such as the sabre toothed cats. Evolution seems to have been replicating itself - millions of years later. Shades of Rupert Sheldrake. I wonder what he has to say about it.

27 Dec 2020
Ancient Waves

At https://phys.org/news/2020-12-evidence-massive-paleo-tsunami-ancient-tel... ... evidence of a massive ancient tsunami wave that struck near Tel Dor on the Levantine coast around 9000 years ago. This is not that distant from the Storegga Shelf collapse in the North Sea, usually dated around 8000 years ago. Was something odd going on around the world?

27 Dec 2020
Covid 19 and the Neanderthals

No, this is not a jokesey headline. At https://phys.org/news/2020-12-covid-neandertals.html ... but to read the full story go to www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2818-3 ... could Covid 19 have wiped out the Neanderthals? At least it recognises that their disappearance is not just due to superior modern humans and could have something to do with natural disaster. This is of course expanding the covid hype into the remoter past - but see https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.11.422139

23 Dec 2020
Alps of Otzi

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/21/eastern-alps-may-have-been-ice-fr... ... the eastern side of the Alps may have been ice free in the life time of Otzi the iceman. It might  have been better to say the Alps, as a whole, may have been largely ice free in around 3200BC - but we already knew that. Otzi died on the summit of a mountain and was frozen in situ by a sudden onset of very cold weather. He remained in the ice all the way down to 1991 when the snout of a glacier delivered him at a much lower elevation. Glaciers move over time.

23 Dec 2020
Those Romans

Sent in by Gary - 4 links. Two of them are below. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9075429/ ... archaeologists have dug up the remains of an Iron Age village, or stronghold, in Essex. They think it was destroyed by the Roman army in retribution for the revolt of Boudicca in 61AD. Like so many Iron Age settlements it was located on a ridge overlooking a valley, and a river. The round houses were big and the enclosure ditch was on a par with Iron Age earthworks elsewhere, from Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire, and Essex.

23 Dec 2020
Watery Asteroid

Also one of  Garys links. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9078899/ ... we learn that a meteor that exploded in earth's atmosphere back in 2008 was once part of a much larger space rock, that contained a surprising amount of water. The term asteroid is used loosely as I suppose the parent body could have been a comet. Meteors originate from larger bodies - even moons and planets. The object that exploded over the Nubian Desert in what is modern Sudan was around 13 feet in diameter and exploded quite close to the ground, even if it was chondrite, or stony in composition.