From the Police Files of Inspector Cramer

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Reading Rex Stout’s early mystery Red Threads. It is fascinating in that, despite the fact it is not a Nero Wolfe novel, the locale and supporting cast are the same, ie New York with police Inspector Cramer. It could be labeled From the Police Files of Inspector Cramer, I suppose. But, it is very oddly similar, so much so that with every scene you breathlessly await the arrival of genius Nero Wolfe or the wisecracking voice of Archie Goodwin.

Still interested in discovering if Stout did a series of Cramer tales. Does any one know? I am not a Stout scholar, so would appreciate a tip where to find out.

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Bahamian Desert

So, you’re saying that Atlantis has its origins in the Sahara desert, eh?

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Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust

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Therizinosaur Dinners

I was reading a Dinosaur encyclopedia and ran across Therizinosaurs, so had to share their goofy look with my son at lunch.

Therizinosaurs are sometimes called the “oddest” looking dinosaurs, as they average about 30 feet, have squat feet and legs, big pot bellies, small heads, and winged arms tipped with very long claws (one meter/three feet).

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But I also thought of something about their nature which I have not read elsewhere.

In the encyclopedia they theorize that they use their claws defensively, to fend off attacking tyrannosaurids, for instance. However, since they are obviously plant-eaters and are said to resemble giraffes with the long reach of their necks, it seems obvious to me that perhaps the analogy moves more towards sloths or anteaters. Perhaps their claws were instead used to ferrets out insects inside bark and/or inside large mounds? Those meter-long claws would make phenomenal digging tools.

Furthermore, CT scans of related skulls by Lautenschlager and others have revealed they have large forebrains and well developed senses, such as balance, hearing, and smell. These could all be useful in ferreting out moving insects inside other objects. Their relatively small heads would also enable them to burrow inside objects more easily.

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Guardians in the Metahuman

Blast from the past: Here are some of my Guardians tales, which have been going for decades, when they appeared in Metahuman Press.

1) Seduction

2) When Gods Fall

3) Damned and the Dangerous

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Oldest, Most Genetically Intact New World Skeleton

Adding this Naia article here as research for my next Drake novel:

Oldest most complete, genetically intact human skeleton in New World

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Lost Maya City Mapped

The Lost Maya City of Noh Kah Has Been Mapped, via modern technology. Hooray! Kind of… as I have stated for many years.

Though it is a city still “eaten by the jungle,” we can now see the architectural groupings and layout of the city using advanced technologies and aerial photography.

This new trend is one of the most exciting and possibly dangerous in archaeology. We are now discovering ruins worldwide at an astounding rate using satellite imagery. During the Gulf Wars utilizing our spy satellites we revealed hundreds of lost cities and fascinating unknown sites in the Middle East, for instance. This, though, exposes them to looting before teams of archaeologists can ever get proper expeditions funded to reach them and begin the laborious task of excavation.

The same goes for these sites. For decades sites throughout South and Central America have been looted. likewise, in recent years Egypt has fallen into a new era of looting and heavily vandalization. It is tragic. This is simply one of the downsides of advanced technologies that makes archaeologists’ jobs easier. They also makes the criminals’ job easier.

Hopefully we can get more robust international oversight and protection of archaeological sites. It is our only hope in preserving the past when we can now perfectly and quickly locate anything with our modern devices.

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