The Rest Is History

Volcano-induced climate change, ancient footprints, and the search for sea monsters.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, October 01, 2021

Vase with moon goddess and other celestial being, Maya, 600. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Camilla Chandler Frost.

• “A volcano-induced rainy period made Earth’s climate dinosaur-friendly.” (Science News)

• “The Long-Lost Tale of an Eighteenth-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees.” (Wired)

• On the animals in the Popol Vuh. (Aeon)

• “Nineteenth-century medicine mixed advances in scientific knowledge with lingering ideas about the dangers of menstruation. In 1878, for example, an article in the British Medical Journal stated that, if a menstruating woman touched pork during the curing process, it would become rotten.” (History Today)

• Found: ancient human footprints in White Sands National Park. (New York Times)

• Also found: “a human jawbone in a cave in southwestern Sulawesi.” (Gizmodo)

• On Albert Pinkham Ryder. (The New York Review of Books)

• A history of people projecting their fears and prejudices onto the search for sea monsters. (The Public Domain Review)

• This week in obituaries: Charles Mills, Lonnie Smith, Alemayehu Eshete, Marilyn Golden, Charles Sellers, Avril Elgar, Frances T. Farenthold, Pee Wee Ellis, Cliff Freeman, Clive Sinclair, Jon Gregory, Roger Michell, George Malkemus, Roger Hunt, Sue Thompson, Russ Kick, Carolyn Shoemaker, Théoneste Bagosora, and Tommy Kirk.