Plague in the Americas?

An interesting article at http://thecostaricanews.com/ancient-cultures-and-prehistoric-in-casta-ri... the Costa Rica News reports on some archaeological discoveries in their country, on the slopes of volcanoes - presumably being very fertile locations for growing crops. At Turriable, the ruins of a city inhabited between 1500BC and 1400AD exist. It was abandoned over a century before the arrival of the Spanish. Another location on the shores of Lake Arenal - also close to a volcano - had a permanent settlement as early as 2000BC - but they also vanished around 1400AD.

Population explosion

The Daily Mail - see www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385290/North-America-populated-70-peop... claims that new genetic research suggests only about 70 humans crossed the Bering Strait at the end of the Ice Age. They went on to populate the Americas - very quickly. However, the evidence of the DNA could also be interpreted as meaning just 70 people survived the Ice Age - or the Younger Dryas boundary event. Not the last word by far.

Lots on Neanderthals

For example, at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/april-2011/article/caves-in-spain-y... there is a fascinating story about a Spanish cave that at some point during the Pleistocene became filled with soil, rocks, plant and animal remains and over time hardened into what is known as a breccia deposit. The breccia was found to be rich in fossils and Paleolithic artifacts and the deposit has been dated between 75,000 and 60,000 years ago.

Tree rings and El Ninos

Tree rings, including bristlecone pines, have been used by climate scientists as a useful took, claiming they show past temperatures. Mike Baillie, a dendrochronologist begs to differ - he has publically said they do not (and others have periodically pointed out that tree rings are affected by a variety of factors, such as precipitation rates, and where individual trees might be situated - within a forest and surrounded by aged trees, or in an open position without any competition) - and so on.

Doomsaying

Doomsaying is a noteable feature of the medical world - report after report telling us for instance that cholesterol was a bad thing as it clogs up arteries and results in heart attacks. However, in recent months we have just got used to the idea that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol - and we must not eat this or that, especially certain kinds of fats. Now we have news that bad cholesterol might not be so bad after all - and is an essential of a healthy life (see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110505142730.htm ). 

Alternative sky serpents

Alternative sky serpents include enhanced aurorae (as advocated by Rens van der Sliujs on www.mythopedia.com ) or comets (Clube and Napier used this idea in the title of their book, The Cosmic Serpent, Faber and Faber:1982). Whereas the jet streams are associated with atmospheric phenomena (storms, weather patterns that stick, heavy persistent rainfall etc) and aurorae are visual and sometimes viewed with awe and wonder.

Jet Stream ... pictures of a sky serpent?

At www.gks.uk.com/Apophis-Apep-Serpent/ there are some new images. Scroll down to near the bottom and you will see photographs of the Jet Stream overhead from a variety of locations. As such, these were pictures taken in modern situations but what might the jet stream have looked like in enhanced atmospheric conditions. For example, one picture shows an ash cloud from a volcano drifing into the jet stream and darkening it. What might happen during a catastrophic episode?

The Gulf of Mexico in 1600BC

This is a bit of a fanciful story but is based on a series of hard facts - interspersed with some speculation. For starters the date is significant, closely following the 1628-5BC low growth tree ring event - but what was happening in the Gulf of Mexico? At www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/was-there-an-ancient-lo... there is a four page article that begins by saying that around 1600BC  there were many unexplained cultural changes in the basin of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Meaning of Vedas

At www.themeaningofvedas.com is a web site set up by Ravindra Godbole after he wrote a book with the same name. This is excellent and falls perfectly into the Taurid complex story as outlined several years ago by Clube and Napier and it is recommended members visit the site and look at what he has to say. It is also just what is required to move the catastrophist agenda forwards as it involves Indian research and scholarship. What we now require is a Chinese uptake of the same theme to see what might emerge.

Japanese lingual origins

An article in the New York Times (see www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/world/asia/04/language.html ) reports on research into Japanese language origins, tracing it the arrival of wet rice farmer around 400BC via Korea. They are known as the Yayoi but the actual route of immigration is a bit of a puzzle as they would first have had to colonise the relatively cold climate of Korea before moving south into Japan.