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23 Feb 2010
Ape Folk

The Guardian and The Observer, soulmates in green politics, have a simlar choice of story regarding evolution of humanity. See online version at 21st February ... basically, it concerns the discovery 6 years ago of a small human species on an Indonesian island and this has caused all kinds of new ideas to promulgate. It is seriously being suggested that Hobbits preceded Homo Erectus in the journey Out of Africa - and went on to colonise other parts of the world.

22 Feb 2010
Cosmic Tusk Update

Further posts on the AGU Meeting. WC Mahaney et al, in Geomorphology 116: Issues 1-2, page 48-57, due out on March 15th 2010, says that a new group of scientists have emerged and are about to publish their findings which appear to support the YD boundary impact event hypothesis. Evidence this time comes from the Andes in NW Venezuela.

22 Feb 2010
Further on Tutankhamun DNA February 19th and February 18th ... an overview of what has been found and what is the official position with some sceptical comments from the University of Zurich, University of Pisa and University of York. The DNA suggests Tutankhamun was the son of a mummy found in KV55 and it is assumed this was Akhenaten, and likewise his mother was another mummy (also unidentified in a positive manner). The official mode of death is also open to some doubt.

22 Feb 2010
Golden Bough

Daily Telgraph February 18th (see online at ) ... Italian archaeologists claim to have found a stone enclosure which once protected the legendary 'Golden Bough' of the Aeneas myth. It was discovered while excavating a religious sanctuary built in honour of the goddess Diana near a volcanic lake 20 miles south of Rome. The enclosure, it is claimed, protected a large cypress or oak tree sacred to the Latins. The tree was central to the tale of Aeneas flight from Troy - and it also symbolised the power of the priest-king.

22 Feb 2010
Another Catastrophe

Science Daily February 17th ... a Nature Geoscience paper on the Carbon Cycle before humans has found that 100 million years ago there were large changes as a result of a massive amount of volcanic activity that introduced carbon dioxide and sulphur into the atmosphere. At the same time one third of marine life died out - which they suggest was due to a drop in oxygen levels in the oceans.

19 Feb 2010
Lake Baikal

Daily Galaxy February 17th ( ) ... Lake Baikal is the oldest, the largest and the deepest lake on the planet. It's reckoned to be 25 million year of age and has a diversity of plant and animal species unknown elsewhere in the world - including the freshwater seal. Many of the unique fish in Baikal resemble deep sea species rather than freshwater ones. There are forests of sponges in the lake that resemble the Caribbean - but it is located in the sub Arctic.

19 Feb 2010
Ghana, Carthage, and Tutankhamun

BBC News February 17th ... archaeologists have unearthed dozens of clay figures in Ghana that are thought to shed some light on pre-Islamic society (80 sculptures dating between 600-1200AD). The culture appears to have disappeared when Islam arrived - they either converted to the new religion or were the victims of the slave trade.

19 Feb 2010
Chiefio John O'Sullivan says a sceptic blogger known as Chiefio - who is in fact computer specialist EM Smith (see earlier posts) claims the Global Historical Climatology Network has cynically dumped the world's second oldest and reliable climate record at Prague for no obvious scientific reason.

17 Feb 2010
Canal February 13th. This Indian newspaper says that explorer Colonel Blashford-Snell has discovered evidence of a canal in Nicaragua, a route between the Atlantic and the Pacific that existed 100s of years prior to Panama. He is now planning another expedition to see if it is possible to navigate the route. Old maps actually show a passage between the oceans but this was rejected as fanciful by historians and almost everyone else.

17 Feb 2010
Bronze Age boats in the Atlantic Daily Telegraph, February 13th ... a trading vessel carrying a cargo of tin and copper ingots was found on the sea bed off the coast of Devon - and dates back to the Late Bronze Age, around 900BC. Copper and tin was used to make bronze used for weapons, tools, jewellery, ornaments and ornamentation.