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29 Jun 2010
Ice Age face reconstruction

Excellent but long article on Ice Age Homo sapiens and Neanderthal interaction prompted by a Russian restoration of the facial features of a 30,000 years old skull (see It appears the mtDNA of the Ice Age man still survives in modern European populations - but there is the usual recital of the consensus theory concerning the origins and spread of humans and assumptions on migration routes based on the Ice Age theory of a c

29 Jun 2010
Egypt's Pre-dynastic

At there is a report of a plan by Zahi Hawass to introduce museums that specialise - including one housing artifacts of the Pre-dynastic period which he intends to establish at Qena. The Pre-dynastic phase represent the period preceding unification. Neolithic people appeared around 5000BC, the general date, replacing earlier hunter-gatherer socieities on the Nile river terraces.

29 Jun 2010
Peopling North America

From the nature of the title it is obvious this is a study with a focus on North America - and basically, it has been found that mtDNA amongst Native Americans is more varied than earlier studies claimed. It also adhers to the favoured North American position on the date of entry (from Beringia), between 18 and 15,000 years ago (at the end of the Ice Age). This heavily loaded statement, the consensus opinion, is an influence on the arguments made - so one has to read between the lines.

29 Jun 2010
Magnetic Stripes on Mars

Go to June 28th ... to discover the latest attempt to explain magnetic stripes on Mars. It is not getting much support at the moment.

27 Jun 2010
Neutrino Experiments June 25th ... Neutrino experiments in an underground laboratory in Minnesota suggest neutrinos and anti neutrinos do not weight the same which might indicate the presence of an unknown force or a violation of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity.

26 Jun 2010
Jill Eyers on Roman brothel in a des res village in the Thames Valley

Hambledon village, between Henley and Marlow, a short distance from the Thames Long Distance footpath, is an upmarket village with a nearby winery and toff food on offer, yet it has been hiding a secret. The presence of a brothel. In this instance the brothel is a Roman one and was attached in some way to a villa complex near the modern village - now under a field of growing barley. The story comes from BBC News and will shortly be the focus of a BBC2 programme.

26 Jun 2010
Warming event at 40,000 years ago June 24th ... is an interesting article on a rapid warming event 40,000 years ago, which is well documented in palaeo-climate science sources. However, what caused the warming is a matter of debate and this article disputes an earlier study that claimed methane released from ocean sediments was responsible, the co called 'clothrate gun hypothesis'.

26 Jun 2010
Copper exploitation June 26th ... pieces of copper slag from smelting activity have been found in Serbia dating back as early as 7000 years ago. This is 500 years earlier than any significant sign of metallurgy in the Middle East - namely, in southern Iran around 6500 years ago. The Journal of Archaeological Science has the paper and says that other sites in SE Europe date from 6000 years ago and the contemporary Vinca culture is famous for its metal objects, including copper vessels.

26 Jun 2010
Electric Earth Quakes

The role of electricity in earthquakes is still part of the Thunderbolts forum at There is a linke to a couple of papers such as one at by Friedemann Freund in which he outlines some of the difficulties. The problem is getting the electrons out of the deep crust as they need to hitch a ride.

26 Jun 2010
Tutankhamon - another theory on the cause of death June 25th reports on a German theory that rejects malaria as the cause of death but blames sickle cell disease (quoting a letter written to the Journal of the American Medical Association by a couple of medical scientists).