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3 Mar 2012
Fakegate ... get up to speed (and sustenance for the science buffs)

This is really climate change but it is also having a look inside science, hence the heading. Fakegate has dominated the blogosphere for the last fortnight. Very little about it has hit mainstream media but one place to look is (a lot of posts) and for those seeking a shred of amusement, always the best option, go to

3 Mar 2012
Oxygen Isoptopes

The paper reviewed on the post in front of this (today) at uses high resolution foraminifera based sea temperature data (the shells of plankton) as well as salinity and upper water stratification reconstructions off Cape Hatteras, a region sensitive to thermahaline circulation changes associated with the Gulf Stream.

3 Mar 2012
More on Clovis-Solutrean links

At ... the title says it all and recounts the story of the scallop trawler that hauled up a mastadon tusk and a dark, tempered stone blade some 8 inches in length, a distinctive style of blade common to both Clovis people in the Americas and Solutrean people in Iberia and SW France.

3 Mar 2012
Conifers in the far north that survived the Ice Age

This story is at and begins by saying that it has been assumed that the last Ice Age denuded the Scandinvian landscape of trees until the milder weather of the Holocene kicked in and trees seeded themselves back into the region from somewhere in the south. A paper in Science says this might not actually be true and there were ice free pockets or refuge areas where spruce and pine trees survived - to reseed the areas covered by the ice sheet.

2 Mar 2012
A fossilised forest

Yes, a whole fossil forest has been discovered - going back millions of years. It was found in the Catskill Mountains in upper New York State and there are hundreds of tree stumps preserved in a sedimentary rock formation that was cut into by quarry workings - see The site is near Gilboa Dam and the forest has taken that name. However, the quarry was back-filled a few years ago but in 2010 it was partially re-opened by construction workers at the dam - and in moved the geologists for a closer look, hot on the heels of the workmen.

1 Mar 2012
The tombs of Jesus ... and Jonah

At --- a  second tomb from first century AD Jerusalem is causing a bit of a stir. It has an engraving depicting Jonah and the Whale, it is claimed. It was found on an ossuary, a chest to contain human bones, in a rock cut tomb in Jerusalem dating between 20BC and 70AD. It also has a four line inscription that seems to refer to God 'raising up' somebody - Jesus perhaps, or the person in the ossuary.

1 Mar 2012
Clovis-Solutrean links surface once again

At (David Keys, Feb 28th) new archaeological evidence has been found to support the Clovis-Solutrean connection. Stone tools dating from between 26,000 and 19,000 years ago have been found at six locations near the coast of North America. Three of them are in Maryland and one of them was dredged up from the sea bed by a scallop fisherman, 60 miles out of Virginia.

1 Mar 2012
Neanderthal bottleneck

Now, we are told that Neanderthals wee on the verge of extinction even before the appearance of anatomically modern humans - see according to a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution (Feb 25th). The claim is that most Neanderthal populations in Europe disappeared in the great die-off that took place around 50,000 years ago (large numbers of animals in diverse regions of the world died out at this time although no such link is made in the article).

1 Mar 2012
Hawaii offshore and comets with gravel

At we learn that a submersible has discovered that deep canyons off the coast of Hawaii link up to river valleys. Detritus carried by the rivers enters the canyons and supports a rich variety of marine life. Does this mean more of Hawaii was once above sea level?

At there is a post that says comets possess an 'atmosphere', if that is the right word, that consists largely of gravel - shades of Velikovsky.

27 Feb 2012
Fireballs in February

At there is information on fireballs over North America - and presumably elsewhere too. The story can also be seen at and it seems that in this february just gone there were some rather large space rocks entering the atmosphere of the earth. They were peculiar in that they were slow and penetrated much further and deeper than they are prone to do, breaking up closer to the surface. The origin of them is also somewhat puzzling as they have different orbits and trajectories.