Tel Motza

Gary sent in this link - temple near Jerusalem challenges the claim there was just one temple in Jerusalem, that of Solomon. This appears to refer to the position in the reign of Josiah (late 7th century BC or even the situation after the Exiles returned from Babylon. Not sure if it applies to the Monarchy period as a whole - but that might spoil the story at ... this story may also be impacted by chronology - a revision of Iron II strata from 10th to 9th centuries BC which is heavily contested by some factions.

Giant Turtles

At ... an extinct giant turtle had a horned shell. The fossil hails from South America and has brothers in arms - such as giant rodents and crocodiles, dating back 5 to 10 million years ago - which is fairly recent in geological time. It is assumed the turtles were predated by the crocodiles and the horns were a defensive mechanism. Stupendemys geographicus is the title bestowed on the animal.

Ice Ages come and Go

At ... scientists show solar system processes control the carbon cycle - throughout Earth's history (or at least that part of it in which humans have existed). Below is an image from the Jurasic coast of Dorset, the so called 'Belemnite Mud Member' - which is geological speak for a mudstone sedimentary formation that can be seen in the sea cliffs of the Jurassic coast. It seems a similar geological horizon exists in Wales, also with abundant fossils of marine belemnites ...

Oral Traditions

At ... Aborigines and traditions. It seems some of these traditions allude to volcanic eruptions and meteors - and some of them may date back thousands of years. In SE Australia there are 400 basaltic intrusions as a result of eruptions -  probably dating within the last 100,000 years,  it is suggested. Aborigines have been in Australia a long time - possibly over 50,000 years. Their Denisovan ancestors even longer.

Ghost People

At ... Another ghost population indicated by genetics. This time it is in Africa - and concerns the ancestors of West African Bantu (or that is how I took it). Archaic  hominins added variety to African genes it would seem, in a carbon copy of European and Asian genes. However, these are different - and peculiar to Africa (although ultimately we are all connected at some point or the other).

Galactic Cosmic Rays

At ... the Atacama Telescope Array in Chile has been looking at Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. They found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere that indicates that cosmic rays with an origin outside the solar system affect chemical reactions in the formation of nitrogen bearing organic molecules. This is the first observational confirmation of such a process and what is true of Titan is probably ture of other bodies in the solar system.

Grains in the Wrong Place

At ... cereal grains dating back 5200 years ago (3200BC) have been discovered in the eastern Altai mountains (on the China side). The Altai mountains in southern Siberia (central Asia if you like) regularly crop up in discoveries of fossils of Neanderthals and Denisovans but now we have evidence people were moving cereal grains, and planting crops, across Eurasia earlier than previously thought - more properly as far north as they were discovered.

Zealandia Deformation

Time for a spot of geology. At ... an emerging mainstream consensus view suggests gases, and in particular carbon gases, released by the Siberian Traps, an enormous upwelling of volcanic lava, contributed to a global mass extinction event 254 million years ago. New research seems to have provided a spoiler, putting a damper on the now popuar explanation. Basically, the authors of the new paper are saying that volcanism was a major catalyst - but something extra was at work.

Phoenician Sailors

At ... the lyme online refers to Lyme Regis and Uplyme in Dorset (for overseas readers) and is situated on the Jurassic coastline. The story also has significance for the UK as Phoenicians are thought to have plied their boats to Cornwall (and elsewhere). The magnet here was tin, which was an important component of bronze alloy (copper and tin). Cornish tin was traded far and wide and the Phoenicians played an important role.

Novel Brain Signal

This comes courtesy of Anne Marie de Grazia. I haven't noticed it on mainstream but it was published in the journal Science so it must have slipped my gaze. It is also research done on the continent. Go to ... the newly discovered brain signal that may be a key to being human.