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27 Apr 2010
Comet Disintegration

At 'Smoke linked to Gun: Napier upheld by Nesvorny and Jenniskens on the Zodiacal Cloud' - George Howard has a pop at Richard Kerr of Science Magazine. The Zodiacal cloud, the consensus theory said, originated in colliding asteroids from the asteroid belt. Now Kerr, after reading Nesvorny and Jenniskens accepts an origin in comets - but blatantly avoids mentioning the Napier hypothesis and therefore ignores the implications. This seems to have riled George.

26 Apr 2010
Troy is in the wrong place?

At there is a new blog devoted to the idea ancient Troy was located not at it's usual location, Hisarlik - but at Bergama, an idea first aired by John Lascelles (a book reviewed by SIS several years ago). There are several pages on the blog for starters - and as blogs develop they grow into many pages (so expect more news on the subject over the coming months). At the moment there is a series of pages that outline the general theory.

26 Apr 2010
Asphalt Domes

At April 25th ... in 700 feet deep water off Santa Barbara in California is a series of asphalt domes that it is thought derive from flows of petroleum deposited by an underwater volcano 35,000 years ago. The deposits hardened into asphalt domes (see Nature Geoscience April 25th). The domes were discovered by a deep submersible vehicle and were teeming with life - like an artificial reef.

26 Apr 2010
A Catastrophe of Comets

A Catastrophe of Comets is the title of a post at parts one and two. The blog author claims there has been little independent geological research in Chihauhua in northern Mexico - apart from mining companies. The standard theory is that ignimbrites date to mid-Tertiary when vast rifts are thought to have opened up in the middle of the North American continent that spread out thousands of cubic miles of ignimbrite - then closed again without trace.

26 Apr 2010
Human Origins

One of the big consensus theories is that human origins are closely bound up with the Out of Africa theory. Conventional science outlets and the popular media, such as the BBC, constantly cite the theory as fact as if there was no alternative anthropological ideas. The theory is especially vexious to some as it assumes a pure Homo sapiens strain migrated out of the African continent at some point between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago and all other human groups, including Neanderthals for example, or Homo erectus, have no imput in modern genes.

25 Apr 2010
Dating the YD Event

At April 23rd ... 'Out of the Ice Age, into the Asteroid shower' is a post by Chris Rowan which begins, '21,000 years ago, at the peak of the last glacial, ice sheets covered most of western Europe and North America (a bit of an exaggeration but never mind), and by 10,000 years ago a warming climate had melted them away ...'.

25 Apr 2010

At is a blog devoted to a comet firestorm that contributed to the YD cooling event and faunal extinctions 13,000 years ago. He especially targets what is known as Ignimbrite geological formations found in the Chihuahua desert of northern Mexico - which he calls 'fire cloud rock'. They have the look of wet fast flowing concrete or lumpy mud in satellite images.

23 Apr 2010
Hidden Wonders of Sardinia

At you will find a report of a tour of Sardinian megalithic tombs, two pages of text. The tombs contain images painted in red ochre on the stones which include spirals and huge heads of bulls. The tombs are currently dated to the Ozeiri culture, 3800-2900BC. In one of the tombs a series of spirals form a sort of tree of life.

23 Apr 2010
Lopsided Core ... of the Earth...

At April 21st ... the inner core at the centre of the earth is growing as a result of crystalliation of iron in the liquid 'outer core' - so much so the 'solid core' permanently drifts eastwards. Why is the inner core asymmetrically out of shape? New light has been shed on this by research published in Science on April 16th. Variations in the core appear to match up directly with the shape of the earth's magnetic field.

23 Apr 2010
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Solar Activity (and the odd Full Moon)

Piers Corbyn at posted this article on April 17th.