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16 Aug 2020
Boxgrove

William sent in this link to a story that has been fairly popular across the internet as well as in media sources with a strong archaeology section. At www.yahoo.com/news/europes-earliest-bone-tools-found-053145980.html ... which is a reference to the 500ky Boxgrove site in Sussex. It was excavated back in the 1980s and now the finds have been sifted through once more by archaeologists, who have come up with a  nice story. Perhaps it was due to lockdown and they were not able to get out into the fresh air.

16 Aug 2020
Greenhouse Science

Coming back down to earth we have the August newsletter from www.sepp.org ... which is a review of what happened in July on the climate war frontier. This begins with another dose of Lindzen's paper concerning what we know, what we might suspect, and what is known as incorrect about climate change. The greenhouse effect, temperature trends, climate models, ocean chemistry, and sea level rise. Later, the newsletter turns to a review of the work of William van Wjyngaarden and William Happer which also concerns the greenhouse effect.

15 Aug 2020
Woolly Rhino Extinction

At https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-genomes-woolly-rhinos-extinct.html ... ancient genomes suggest the woolly rhinocerus went extinct due to climate change - not from overhunting. On the face of it, this seems to be another article in the long running saga between those who believe humans were  responsible for the extinction of large herbivores in Siberia and N America and those who claim climate change played an important and decisive role. The latter has in latter years become attached to the global warming/climate change hype but was not originally mixed up in climate science.

14 Aug 2020
IntCal 2020

At https://phys.org/news/2020-08-secrets-international-carbon-dating-standa... ... (also at www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/researchers-unlock-secrets-of-the-past-wit...) ... a team of researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and St Andrews, in collaboration with international colleagues, have come up with a revision of the C14 dating system, IntCal 2020. It used measurements from around 15,000 samples from a variety of objects as part of a seven year project. The claim is they can now date objects more accurately.

14 Aug 2020
Bananas

At www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/new-findings-dispel-the-view-that-australi... ... evidence that Aborigines cultivated bananas has been conclusively found in the Torres Strait. This should come as no surprise as in New Guinea, populated by a related people, a form of horticulture was being practised at a very early date. What has been found at Wagadagam is evidence of gardening activities within a system of retaining walls. Soils from the site display definitive evidence of banana cultivation.

14 Aug 2020
Upside Down Data

A few years ago we had an example of a Finnish lake sediment database used upside down in order to demonstrate the idea of global warming. The so called hockey stick used another trick with temperature data. Now, it seems, we have another example - see www.wattsupwiththat.com/2020/08/12/mcintyre-on-kaufman-et-al-2020/ ... its a short piece but has lots of comments. Only a few are worth reading. It refers to an Antarctic temperature reconstruction that demonstrably differs from previous offerings - sticking out, as they say, like a sore thumb. Bound to arouse investigation. And it did.

14 Aug 2020
Reptiles in South Wales

At https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-north-american-reptiles-island.html .... a study from the University of Bristol has uncovered fossils of small reptiles that lived in South Wales 205 million years ago. They are closely related to similar animals found in North America. The fossils come from a quarry site, collected in the 1950s but reassessed with modern equipment. They date from the Late Triassic period. It is claimed the quarry was at that time on an island in a tropical sea. Britain lay much closer to the equator in the Triassic.

14 Aug 2020
Glaciers on Mars

As expected, this subject has popped up on Thunderbolts. A post by Stephen Smith at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2020/08/07/martian-glaciers/ ... and as one would think they have a completely contrary take on glaciers, or former oceans and rivers, on Mars. He makes the point that earth is a water planet and it is thought that for life to exist on Mars there must have been water there at one time or another. Water is of course an essential ingredient if humans colonise the red planet.

11 Aug 2020
Fearsome Fossils

Sent in by William. At https://www.yahoo.com/news/fossil-fearsome-hell-ant-used-183903680.html ... the fossil of a hell ant, belonging to the Cretaceous, is described as a fearsome beast. Captured in amber one can see the tusk like mandibles and horns used to hunt down prey. At the moment they are said to have only been active for 20 million years. They clearly disappeared at the K/T boundary event. Did they really only evolve just before that upheaval?

11 Aug 2020
Chomping Jaws

At https://phys.org/news/2020-08-power-deinosuchus-teeth-size-bananas.html .... I can remember one of my grandsons enthusiastically describing the size of this crocodile's teeth some years ago. He missed a trick though. The new study describes them as the size of bananas. The creatures are not just crocodiles - they are terror crocodiles. Two species lived in western America, from Montana to northern Mexico. Another lived along the Atlantic coastal plain from New Jersey to Mississippi. At the time, we are told, N America was divided by the interior seaway.