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Odd Inuksuk-like objects

I can engage in some educated speculation about what you think you see, but I'm confident you were fooled by the shadows in the image, which are caused by a low sun angle and distorted by the terrain. ...
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Is Radiocarbon dating flawed?

I will preface this by saying that I am not particularly familiar with radiocarbon dating techniques, and therefore the minutiae are somewhat lost on me. However, as someone who works with several ...
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Do archaeologists deliberately leave parts of sites untouched so that someone can come back later?

Yes. From this article in National Geographic: The last step before digging is to divide the site into a grid to keep track of the location of each find. Then archaeologists choose sample ...
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If dinosaurs lived in cities, would we be able to find traces?

"Lack of evidence is not evidence of lack." That said, there is no evidence of any intelligent civilization prior to humanity. If dinosaurs, or for that matter, some other species, had ...
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What makes pollen varieties useful index fossils?

Depends upon the species. If the pollen spores are large enough, and of wide spatial distribution, and easily recognizable, and preserves well in sediments, and of distinctive age range (geologically),...
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What makes pollen varieties useful index fossils?

In addition to what @GordonStanger said, there are a few other points to consider. Pollens and spores are made out of sporopollenin which preserves way better than what one would expect. Although ...
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Can paleomagnetic techniques determine the exact direction of Earth's magnetic poles in the past, not just their polarity?

An important distinction is what kind of magnetic pole we're talking about. The "exact direction of Earth's magnetic poles", would be the dip poles, and no, we can't determine these as we ...
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If dinosaurs lived in cities, would we be able to find traces?

We found many dinosaur fossil tracks around the world, and they all have one thing in common: they are tracks of bare feet. We invented shoes about 10,000 years ago, a few millennia before building ...
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How do we know how much Uranium was in any given sample when it was deposited?

The field of nuclear physics has established the radioactive decay series for radioactive elements (see here as well). Unlike Uranium 238, Uranium 234 is not primordial nuclide. It is a indirect ...
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How do we know how much Uranium was in any given sample when it was deposited?

The chemistry of lead is very different from that of uranium and thorium. There are key kinds of rock that could not possibly have been formed with even the smallest amount of primordial lead. The ...
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Odd Inuksuk-like objects

Your "Inuksuk" is simply a lucky combination of the sun's angle grazing an erosional remnant of the adjacent riverbank. If you go upriver, you'll see the same erosional remnant, now with ...
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