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20 Jun 2020
Big Boy

At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-dinosaur-footprints-predators-big-rex.html ... dinosaur footprints in Australia of a predator almost the same size as a T. Rex. The footprints were discovered at Walloon Coal Measure in Queensland 90 years ago - and paleontologists have taken a second look at them, along with other footprints of animals. The mine in question has been long since closed down but it would be remarkable if the footprints were found in the coal measure itself - which is fossilised vegetable matter.

19 Jun 2020
Ancient Plague

Jovan Kesic on 30th March 2020, posted a reply to the idea that plague was rampant in the time of Akhnaton and Tutankhamon, suggesting there might have been plague in Egypt even earlier, during the reign of Amenophis III, father of Akhnaton and otherwise considered the apogee of the Egyptian empire period. There was an unprecedented number of statues of Sekhmet erected, sometimes avenues of them, installed at palaces and temples throughout the whole land of Egypt. Sekhmet was a goddess of destruction, associated with flaming fire (according to Ramses III around 150 years later).

18 Jun 2020
Sand over the Ocean

Robert sent in the link www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8428431/ ... giant sand cloud from the Sahara is blowing across the Atlantic. It may reach as far as Louisiana and Texas. Robert comments - stratospheric winds blow east to west at this time of the year. Do they have something to do with the phenomena? See for example stratospheric winds in real time at https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/10hPa/orthographic ....

18 Jun 2020
Ocean Crust Waves

Robert also sent in a link to https://eos.org/articles/search-for-mh370-revealed-ocean-crust-waves ... the search for the missing plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in the Indian Ocean back in 2014, led to a long and  detailed search of 18,000 square km around the SE Indian Ridge, west of Australia. They didn't find the aeroplane but they did produce a series of sea floor maps that found a geological puzzle previously unknown.

18 Jun 2020
An Antarctic Egg

Robert also sent in a link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8432207/ ... the second biggest egg ever - found just off the West Antarctic peninsular. It was produced by a marine creature as large as a dinosaur, a sea lizard known as a mosasan. The rocks where it was found also contained skeletal parts of mosasaurs and other prehistoric sea creatures such as the plesiosaurs (both young and adult). Seems like another catastrophic event of some kind was involved in their burial and preservation.

18 Jun 2020
Coal Burning Climate Change

This one was sent in by William but I've found the following three links ... at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/17/study-burning-coal-caused-the-per... ... which comes with lots of comments, some of which are useful. The story is about coal contributing to the Permian/Triassic boundary event as a result of persistent volcanism in Siberia (which according to uniformitarian geology continued over many hundreds of thousands of years, even millions of years according to some geologists). See also www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200616135818.htm ...

18 Jun 2020
Insects and Geology

Is this biology or is it geology. Bit of both. At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-fossil-discovery-million-year-old-canada-a... .... the discovery of a tiny insect fossil is said to uncover a history of global movements of animals and the shifting continents across deep time. The 50 million year old fossil was found near Kamloops in Canada but in the modern world its descendants live in Australia. The problem with the press release here is that 50 million years ago is not  deep time and is post-K/T boundary and therefore post Pangea.

18 Jun 2020
Rhynie People

At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-aerial-technology-largest-pictish-settleme... ... this comes courtesy of The Conservation, a media source that has good ones amidst lots of corny or very bad stories. The Tap O'Noth is a famous hill fort near Rhynie in Aberdeenshire. It is situated on a hill above the village of Rhynie. Drone footage by an aerial 3D laser scanning device has revealed a huge settlement dating from the 3rd to the 6th centuries AD.

15 Jun 2020
Reindeer and Food Production

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/reindeer-were-domest... ... reindeer were domesticated much earlier than thought. Incredibly, it was believed it occurred only a few hundred years ago. They now have evidence that in Siberia, at least, it goes back a couple of thousand years. It may of course go back much further in time as hunter gatherers were managing herds of red deer in the Mesolithic period so why not reindeer where they were the primary species. It seems to be a case of 'if I didn't see it and then it didn't happen ...'.

15 Jun 2020
Behemoth

A behemoth ammonite - not the fabled Jewish or Canaanite monster. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8414175/ ... as sent in by Robert. An enormous fossil ammonite weighing over 200 pounds and 2 feet in diameter has been found by fossil hunting students on the Isle of Wight. No doubt they have been using lockdown to good use. It took them ten hours to extract it from the rock face. They say it goes back to the Cretaceous period - although ammonites are found in earlier strata. The Isle of Wight is chalk country - hence its name ....