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2 Jan 2020
Prehistoric Feasting

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/archaeologists-unear... ... archaeologists have unearthed what appears to be dwellings at Dewerstone and White Tor on Dartmoor - going back to the early to middle Neolithic period.

2 Jan 2020
Ichthyosaur skeleton

Another icthyosaur skeleton has emerged - this time from a Somerset beach. A dog walker discovered the ancient fish in rocks that had eroded as a result of recent storms - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/dog-walker-discovers... ... the fossil fish, a sort of prehistoric dolphin, is according to the headline virtually sitting on the K/T boundary (when it became extinct). It is also known from the Jurassic - and possibly even the Triassic. Other ichthyosaurs found in Somerset are dated considerably older.

9 Jan 2020
Soft Tissue Fossils

This topic keeps on popping up in Creationist circles. Robert sent in the link to Dr Wile, a cool headed chap, but somebody certain that soft tissue fossils disprove the idea of an aged earth. At https://blog.drwile.com/more-incredible-dinosaur-soft-tissue-results/ ... we learn that some of these have been collated on to a video by Mark Armitage and Dr Wile has posted  said video online (at the link above). They include vein valves so clearly some sort of instant fossilisation must be inferred.

9 Jan 2020
Dark Energy doubts

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-evidence-key-assumption-discovery-dark.html ... new evidence that a key assumption concerning the discovery of dark energy is faulty. We might even ask at this part if dark energy was really discovered - rather than an idea that was repeated and became de facto by due process. Anyway, here we have one idea of why it might have flown in cosmological circles - based on an assumption that might turn out to be an error.

9 Jan 2020
Walarus ivory and Greenlanders

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/2500-year-old-scythi... ... a well preserved Scythian warrior grave was opened up by Polish archaeologists in Siberia. It comes from what is described as a giant kurgan (earthen mound) dating from the 7th or 6th centuries BC.

10 Jan 2020
Mercury Strip

This story has been sent in by Gary - see www.newscientist.com/articles/2229021-mercurys-outer-layers-may-have-bee... ... and yes, it really does say the outer layers of Mercury may have been stripped off by the young planet Venus. However, the events are dated to the early solar system and there is nothing Velikovskian involved. The speculation is that Venus passed close to Mercury on several occasions, stripping it of its outer layers, and again this looks like a chaotic solar system.

11 Jan 2020
Fearful Vikings

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7868431/ ... we have a rather misleading header - 'mysterious Viking inscription reveals they feared climate change'. As most of modern climate  change is non-existent and in any case involves warming which is not a problem to most people, especially those living in northern Europe, it kind of trivialises what has been revealed. The inscription belongs to a period of time when real climate change was happening - the 6th century AD (otherwise known as the post Roman Little Ice Age).

11 Jan 2020
Venus Statue

Tricky one this. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/discovery-of-17000-y... .... concerns the discovery of a Palaeolithic Venus figurine which is said to be 17,000 years old. It was unearthed in Romania and excited the local archaeologists at first and now might become an embarrassment. It was unearthed by two amateur archaeologists (the professionals had gone home and for some reason these two took it upon themselves to root around).

11 Jan 2020
Jupiter chucking stuff at Earth

The two links below were sent in by Gary. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7870125/ ... Mars is losing water faster than previously thought we learn. This may effect the search for life - as water is the assumed key. It is thought water on Mars was a fact - in the past. A residue is still locked up in polar ice caps. Indeed, NASAs Global Surveyor, a few years ago, found gullies that may have been created by flowing water - although that is an open question.

11 Jan 2020
Crater

Sent in by William and by Gary, and Robert as well. Ay www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7868821/ ... a crater has been uncovered that was left behind by what is described as a giant meteor that is thought to have hit the Earth around 800,000 years ago. In other words, during the Pleistocene geological period. The meteor has been suspected for many years but the site of its crater has remained elusive. It is now said it exists under a thick layer of volcanic lava on the Bolaven Plateau in Laos.