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3 Aug 2020
Neanderthal Caves in Italy

At ... basically, what we have here  apart from the discovery of a Neanderthal presence in some caves in Italy is evidence of sea level fluctuations in the Mediterannean during the Middle Palaeolithic period. Caves in Italy provide evidence of changing sea levels between 124,000 and 80,000 years ago. This is said to be interesting for those researching how ice impacts on rising sea levels, and appears to have become the main focus of the press release.

3 Aug 2020
Volcanoes, not meteors

At ... a sediment core from a Texas cave is said to  solve the mystery of what set in motion the Younger Dryas event. Instead of the extraterrestrial impact event we have volcanic eruptions that set in motion the downturn in climate. For over 1300 years the temperatures are  said to have dropped by an average of 3 degrees, one of the factors that has hampered the acceptance of the meteor storm as an explanation. Can volcanoes cause a prolonged downturn in climate.

5 Aug 2020
Sarsen Stones

Sent in by William and sitting in my 'to do' tray for a couple of weeks. At ... which concerns the big sarsen stones. It has long been assumed they were picked up from the surface, especially from the Marlborough Downs, as sarsens can still be seen poking out of the ground. The sarsens are made of sandstone which is usually dated to the Palaeogene - following on from the chalk laid down in the Cretaceous.

6 Aug 2020
Fire in Late Glacial Maximum

At ... during the Late Glaical Maximum, when ice sheets are thought to have been at their greatest extent (in the last 100,000 years), fire activity in the natural environment seems to have been an order of magnitude more prevalent than today. We are talking about the period, 26,000 to 19,000 years ago, after which the ice sheet seems to have shrunk.

6 Aug 2020
A Tale of Beaks

The link was sent in by Robert - go to ... which takes us back to a small fossil found in amber. It was originally thought to be a lizard, but diminutive. Then, some months ago it was re-identified in a Nature paper with a dinosaur that was bird like. Now, it has gone back to being a lizard - and its row of teeth play a major part in that decision. As it is preserved in amber the fossil is small and a magnifying glass or microscope is required.

6 Aug 2020
Mars on Ice

At  (3rd August 2020) .. a stream of solar wind has arrived and is causing geomagnetic  unrest around the poles. It is blowing out of a hole on the Sun's atmosphere. Meanwhile, we also have a sunspot brewing from the new solar cycle, 25. This indicates the new cycle is now alive and is popping its head above the solar minimum. Unfortunately, we have a La Nina brewing so no hope of global warming later this year.

6 Aug 2020
Origin of Water on Earth

This one comes courtesy of Hokkaido University - see ... with the actual research paper published in Scientific Reports - see ... Japanese scientists have found interstellar organic matter could produce an abundant supply of water simply by heating. This suggests that organic matter could be the sources of terrestrial water - with an origin in space or otherwise, inside the innards of the earth, perhaps - since the formation of the planet.

7 Aug 2020
A Pot Pouri

At (6th August, 2020) .. we are told that cycle 25 is now definitely coming to life. We even have a sunspot facing in the direction of the earth. No sign of a blast of solar wind as yet but lots of minor solar flaring is going on as the activity begins to spread across the face of the sun ...


11 Aug 2020
Fearsome Fossils

Sent in by William. At ... 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 .... 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.