WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #115 – Gutenberg 8.1, plugin news and an old cave

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 18th May 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 8.1 Includes Block Copying, Testimonials Pattern, and Patterns UI Update

PHP and WordPress Version Checks Coming to Themes

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Big Orange Heart Shop

WordCamp Kent Online Features Business and Marketing Tracks, May 30-31

Your Guide to Using WebP Images On WordPress Sites

Full Site Editing: The Future of Building with WordPress

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Write beautifully in WordPress and this

iA Writer Adds Expanded Support for IndieWeb Tools and WordPress Publishing

PublishPress Checklists Now Allows Some Users to Skip Required Tasks

WP Security Audit Log renamed to WP Activity Log

We Just Reached the Peak of WordPress: 5 Million Active Installs!

BuddyPress 6.0.0 Released with New Group and Members Blocks

iThemes Security Pro Roadmap: 3 Big Plans for 2020

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The Elementor Attacks: How Creative Hackers Combined Vulnerabilities to Take Over WordPress Sites

WordPress Vulnerability News, May 2020

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Hello there. Good morning and welcome to this, the WP Builds weekly WordPress newsletter. This is number 115 it covers the WordPress news for the week, commencing the 18th of May, 2020 and it was published on Monday the 25th of May. Also in 2020. My name's Nathan Wrigley and a couple of housekeeping bits.
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Speaking of weekly WordPress news, I do of course, every single week go live, 2:00 PM in the WP Builds Facebook group. You can find [email protected] forward slash Facebook or on our live page, which is forward slash live 2:00 PM UK time. This week, I should be joined by Anchen le Roux and Bernard Agroan.
So come and join us. It's very, very nice to have you making the comments right. Let's get on with the news for this week, shall we. We always divide our WordPress news up into different sections. And the first section, as always, is WordPress core. Couple of items for you this week. The first one over on WordPress Tavern is just in Tagalog writing Guttenberg 8.1 includes a block copying testimonials, pattern and patterns, UI update.
So the Guttenberg plugin has gone up now to version eight. Point one 0.0 and exactly as the title says, you've now got the ability to copy a block. it's exactly what you would expect. You, you have to sort of search for the menu item, but when you find it, you can copy a block and then it's kind of held in your computer's clipboard if you'd like.
And then you could find the exact place you wanted to insert it on the page and go over there and simply paste it in. So it does make the whole process of. Putting copied blocks into different parts of your page a little bit easier. We're not quite up to the capabilities of, say, a page builder yet with dragging them around and so on, but yeah, very nice.
Then the other one is to say that there's been a testimonials pattern. Now, a pattern is a collection of blocks really, that are put together under one heading, and in this case, the testimonials pattern is, as you would see on many. Current websites, three little, horizontally arranged, blocks. And each of them has a quote in it with a, an image of the person saying it, plus their name.
And so you can now simply find this by looking for the testimonials pattern. And then you can obviously go into each one and adapt it as needed, put the correct photograph in and so on and so forth. This brings the total to. Eight of these testimonial patterns, but it feels to me like this is going to be a huge growth area in the future.
I can imagine developers really jumping on this and coming up with all sorts of different patterns that we can then hopefully use on our websites. We've also got the ability to search. There's an inserter UI search field. So when you go to click the little plus icon, there's now a search option. So you could type in, for example, let's say on Justin's example, he uses the word space, and then you can filter down either by blocks.
So is there a block which contains the word space in it? Yeah. Or perhaps even a pattern. There's a little grumble that he has because the, the, the way it's displayed doesn't exactly make clear whether you're searching for a block or a pattern, but it's there. There's also a few little bits and pieces, which I won't mention here, but you can read for yourself on this post, about the API changes which developers might want to look into.
Anyway, it's more of a kind of incremental release. This one, nothing particularly dynamic, but nevertheless, a nice little update. Staying on WordPress Tavern and just in Tadlock. Again, PHP and WordPress aversion checks coming to themes. So if you are a theme developer, you're probably going to be delighted about this.
You can now specify in your theme, or at least you will do by the time WordPress 5.5 comes out, should it land at that. Point, you'll be able to specify what version of PHP it is that you would say your theme needs. Up until this point, it's been a complicated system. Plugin developers have had the ability to specify the minimum PHP version for quite some time, but not theme developers.
They had to kind of come up with a manual way of doing this all by themselves, which involved various Kludges. But from this point on, assuming it does London core in 5.5, you will be able to specify now not entirely clear whether. Theme authors will wish to stick with the the older versions of PHP, simply because there's obviously a wider potential of deployment or perhaps bump everybody up to seven PHP version seven anyway, the, the screen over on the WordPress repo.
Yup. Says what the version number is of the theme itself. It says when it was last updated, how many active installations, and obviously it will always have said what version of WordPress was supported. And now joining that right at the bottom, which version of PHP is supported. So hopefully this will give clarity to theme authors and to people who are downloading those themes.
And so, you know, less support questions coming out because people mistakenly downloaded. A theme, which was actually never going to work with their version of PHP. The next section is called community. I'm staying on WP town and just in Tadlock, so he's bagged the first three spaces. he's got an article this week entitled WordPress theme review team changes, name now the themes team.
So up until recently, this team was called the theme review team and it's decided to change its name. Really because that isn't kind of what they did prime. Well, it is what they did primarily, but it's not the only thing that they did. And there was some confusion, I think, for people who were looking for something to do and wish to join a particular WordPress related team and, but they perhaps.
Didn't wish to review things. Perhaps they wanted to get involved in some other way in the work that, that that team does. So it's now simply called the themes team. And obviously that's a little bit broader in scope. They do do quite a lot. So in the article it says, we realized that we were doing all these theme related things, work on 2020 coding standards, Mehta staff reviews, helping out with full site editing in any capacity we can accept tra.
And so. Being the theme review team didn't make any sense anymore. And so that is now who you will be submitting your themes to should you wish to do that. There's a little bit at the bottom about how the team is evolving and what scope they hope to have in the future, but obviously good to know that this is now a little bit broader and hopefully it'll bring in some new blood.
You may have noticed that the WordPress charity, w P and up has actually changed its name of late. They're now called a big orange heart, and the reason that they've changed their name is because they wish to expand their remit and move into. Well assisting people who they describe as remote workers, so it's no longer just WordPress people.
They're very much aligned with the WordPress community and intend for that to be a huge part of what they do in the future. But today, if you were looking to support. Big orange heart, but you, you up until this point haven't felt you could make a donation. I'm linking you to their shop and their shop contains things like mugs and it contains things like hoodies and caps and stickers and so on.
And so if you wanted to get something in return for your donation, the profits from this particular shop will be going directly to big orange heart and doing people an awful lot of good in the future. And I'll have a further story about something very similar in a few minutes time. One of the consequences of the times we're living in and the covert 19 is that a lot of the events that we may have been attending have been forced to go online.
One such event is word camp Kent, which is going to be working heavily towards business and marketing. It starts on the 30th of May, so that's in just a few days time and it runs for two days. So the 30th. And the 31st of May, the tickets are free for anyone, and so this is a really nice opportunity. If you have an interest in marketing and you have an interest in that kind of thing, business marketing and so on, with less of an emphasis towards the developer side of things, then this could be of interest to you.
So. Thinking about people like freelancers, agency owners, product business owners, and those kinds of things. The schedule you is linked to in the article that I'm linking to, which again is on WordPress Tavern, and so you never know if you're feeling like you would like to try out an event like this.
Maybe this is a good one. It's kind of been not on my radar in all honesty, but the fact that it is trying to facilitate this particular audience and also the fact that the tickets are completely free. Means that it's well worth a panto would have thought. So go and check out the links in the show notes and you'll be taken to the page.
I found this next piece on the talk mag.io blog. It's entitled your guide to using web copy images on WordPress sites. Up until now, I expect that most of us, whether we've been optimizing images or not to expect, most of us have used a JPEG or PNG images. However, there's a new person in town under that person's name is web P.
The whole point is that it's able to offer high quality or higher quality media. With smaller file sizes, which is obviously a bit of a win for everybody. I have a memory that it was Google who initially did this, although I could have got that completely wrong, but it's not something that you can do directly in WordPress, so you have to, you have to take a few steps, and that's what this little article is about, an introduction to web P images, how they work, what they look like, what they're made up of, how they might speed things up on your website.
And they've also got a useful little plugin, which they recommend called a web. P express, it converts new PNG and JPEG images into the web P standard and, but it keeps the originals. So if there's a browser, which our end user is using, which doesn't support web P, then it will serve up the original file instead, which is quite nice.
And I expect that, that, that plugin is free, although I haven't checked it out. But it's a nice little, nice little piece getting you up to date with the latest and greatest image technology. There's been an awful lot of talk recently about the capability in the next version of the block editor.
Guttenberg you might know it has to offer full site editing. and the, the guys over at WP engine have put together an article this week entitled full site editing. The future of building with WordPress, and it's written by a vulnerable WordPress user, Carrie dills, who has a very nice long piece about how this all goes together.
She's very, very experienced, so it's, it's really nicely laid out. She talks about what actually full sites editing is and talks about the nominee. how you need to describe things using the correct terminology. So you know, what is a block, what is a block pattern? As we just mentioned, what are templates and how are they constructed?
What are the, the correct way is to, to give them names and the structure that they need to have and so on. And then she goes into talking about things like template parts, giving some code examples. And so on. How a user to user edited templates are created and so on and so forth. And it's really a nice long piece explaining everything.
And I think it's the kind of thing that many of us will wish to dabble with when this technology finally comes around, no longer will it necessarily be the option to always go out and purchase a theme, which we then stick with. Perhaps some of us will start to, to play with this a little bit more and work out how we can do it for ourselves.
And so this seems like a good primer. For that. So yeah, go and check out Carrie's work on the WP engine blog. Next section is plugins, themes, and blocks. The first one is a very exciting project. It's called iceberg, and it's got a really specific use case. They describe it as right to beautifully in WordPress, and the whole point of it really is that you, you would require a much more straightforward, simplistic interface.
Now, I know that Gothenburg is a fairly straightforward, simplistic interface, but this one takes things to a different level. It's got very, very minimal. Theme editing capabilities, you have the ability to add Mark down and a few writing options. So for example, you can alter the font size, the line height, the line width, paragraph spacing and so on.
And the ability to change, some simple things like colors and what have you. But other than that, it doesn't really offer very much. But when I say that, I'm kind of doing it a disservice because it looks. Beautiful, really straightforward, and I produce quite a lot of content, which is simply text, and this looks like a really interesting way of really offering an incredibly distraction-free interface.
Currently it looks like they're selling it for $49 I don't know if there's a version which you can have for free anywhere. I've also linked in the show notes to the WordPress Tavern article, which Sarah Gooding has put together in which she. It talks about how it's a really nice distraction free writing mode, but trying to describe it is virtually impossible.
The only way to do do it justice is to go and have a look at it. Click on one of the two links somewhere. My understanding is that rich Tableau himself. Put together what I can only describe as a really nicely done video showing what it's capable of and manages to do that in just a few short seconds.
But it's absolutely lovely. So well done, guys. I think this is going to be something that I might very well purchased just for the Otter distraction-free capabilities. It looks really nice. Now, somewhat coincidentally, although I'm sure not by intention, we have a piece on WordPress, tough and I, a writer adds expanded support for indie web tools and WordPress publishing.
Now I say coincidental because this tool is another tool which is offering a minimal writing experience. Now I know it's available for Mac and iOS. I don't know if it's available on any other platforms. I believe. That's the limitations, but it is another interface, a little bit like the iceberg one, but obviously running on your computer or your device, it has the capability to publish things to WordPress and that is being pushed forward.
But they've got a nice update and I just thought I'd mention it simply because it looks and seems to want to do the same things. As the iceberg plugin I mentioned just a moment ago, and obviously if you want to have things directly on your Mac, if you see a benefit in that, then this might be a good tool.
If you write as part of a team, you may have some sort of editorial requirements before you finally click publish on your WordPress posts and at all, which really is very, very capable in this area is called publish press. You can set up a whole. Ton of checklists. So for example, it must have a certain number of words.
It must have a featured image. There must be some kind of excerpt written and so on and so forth. And you can delegate things to teams and put things in calendars and what have you, and now they've added the capability so that some. Particular users can skip some of the tasks. So as an example, if you're the administrator of a site and you would like to be able to jolly well published something, whether or not you fulfill the criteria which you've set up for everybody else, where you can now do that, you can sort of disable certain things.
So let's say a featured image is required, well, everybody who doesn't have the administrator role. They will still need to add that featured image. But you can say to yourself, well, I'm, I'm not going to need that. This is my website. I run it and I can jolly well choose whether I have that or not. So now you can do that.
You've got the capability to switch off all sorts of things. You know, like whether it's got categories where the tags have been added, the numb, the word count being a certain number. And as I've just talked about excerpts and so on, all of that can now be disabled on a user role basis. This is something that we don't get too often.
This is the renaming of a plugin. This is to say that WP security audit log has been renamed to simply WP activity log. Robert Abella writing on the WP activity log.com website, which I presume is newly registered, say he's exactly that. He goes into a bit of history about why this is, and in all honesty, I think this just.
Makes perfect sense. The name WP security audit log. I always felt that was a little bit long and little bit confusing because it kind of mixes up the two things. Is it a security plugin? Does it offer features of security? Will in harden my website in some way, or is it, is it an audit? You know, does he offer audit trails for everything or does it do both?
What's going on there? And so he's decided to make it simple. Because most people want to, according to him, get to the activity log of all the different things that people have been doing on their websites. So they've put that front and center and it makes more sense as far as I can see. So good luck with the sales, Robert.
Hopefully now that you've got a clearer branding, that will, that one enabled you to, to make it easier to pitch. Hardly a week goes by where we don't talk about element or, and this week is no different. However, it is something different that we're talking about because it's not about some kind of feature that they've added or some template that they've added.
This is simply to say that they've reached 5 million active installs. Now, I don't know whether those 5 million are heavily skewed towards the free version on wordpress.org repo or if there's a significant proportion of pro, it doesn't really matter. 5 million, a huge, huge number. Apparently only a few other people, the following, a taco, Yuki Miyoshi team, Yost and automatic.
They are the only other people to be in this laudable place of 5 million in installs. And so this piece is really just to say thanks elements or according to their own data, and now accounts for 7% our overall WordPress websites. So seven out of a hundred websites. Using WordPress have in some way, shape or form, got element or put up, put on them, and Ella mentor their new users, 30% of them are coming to them and using WordPress for the first time.
So they're obviously a big driver of WordPress. So congratulations. Very well done. 5 million by, I wonder when they'll get to 10. Body press doesn't get talked about too much. But I do know a few people who've deployed it recently for things like virtual summits and what have you. And so here we are buddy press 6.0 0.0 released with new group and members blocks.
Sarah Gooding writing on WordPress Tavern and it's exactly that. They have new group and members blocks. So if you want to go in, once you've got body press installed, you can now. Add those in from the blocks inserter. There's a few different options. Obviously when you click on the particular block, you've got the option to customize that.
So let's have a look. It says there are end points for blogs, blog, avatar, friends, group cover, image member cover, image, and user signups. So you know. Go check it out. If this is your thing and you're using it, you might be interested, and apparently the next round of releases, they're going to do block versions of existing widgets and community requested blocks.
So keep your eyes peeled on that too. Last plugin theme and block bits is over on the IFMs website. It's a piece entitled I theme security pro roadmap, three big plans for 2020 it's a plugin, which I'm sure a lot of people have deployed at some point. Perhaps you're using it on every single WordPress website, but they make the point that they've been hard at work, so they've had their heads down and they feel that they've kind of dropped the ball a bit.
So to speak about updating people about what they've been doing and, and what the roadmap is. And so this piece, although it's not very long, is intended to do that. What is in store? So they talk about the future of theme security. what are they going to do? And in just a few short points, they're going to revamp the security site scan.
So we've said we've been hard at work creating a new WordPress security scan now powered by themes. Building. Our site scanner has been an extensive undertaking and will require several phases of development before it is complete. That said, each phase will end with a release, so there's going to be a site scan, including vulnerable software, check vulnerability remediation.
The site scanner will integrate with theme security pro version management feature to automatically update vulnerable software when a patch is available and Google safe browser check and they'll also be some new future site to scan phases. It says, we are excited about how powerful the site scanner will be when it's completed.
Here's what we have in store. Blacklist, status check, file level, malware scanning and malware remediation, and a new user, sorry, a new improved user experience. And you can read about that yourself and trusted device improvements. And this is a way that they have of uttering uttering a layer limiting which devices can access your WordPress dashboard and they're going to enhance that in some way.
So quite nice that they've made the effort to tell us what they're going to be doing in the future. The next section is called deals, and the first couple of links in that are what I usually have. It's first one, a link to our subscribed form. If you want to keep up to date with WordPress deals, I will send you an email should you sign up to that list.
So go and get yourself on that because you know you don't have to go trolling around all the. All the different marketing emails. I'll do all that for you and I'll just send you a little email when I hear about a new deal that's come out. And the other one is the WP Builds deals page. As I mentioned at the top of the show, that is a searchable filterable list always on 365 days of the year.
And so far, no deal that's been put on there as far as I remember, has been pulled off. So it's 20% off this 30% off that, so go and check that out. The other ones are. We've got a new deal, Emilia, which is a WordPress and booking plugin that surveillance for $49 that's a lifetime deal. WP reset link whisper has got 25% off public automatically posting to your social channels, happy forms, lifetime deal.
Give WP 40% off. If so, an ability to show dynamic content on your website. That's $49 for life, 20% of funnel packs and quotas, which is quite an interesting one. It's one of those proposal tools. So it's a tool, an online SAS tool, $49 for life to create proposals to send to your clients. So a few deals this week, please tell me about any that you find out about it.
I'm always interested to know. The next section is security. Always a bit of a light touch, and this week is no exception. I've only got two pieces for you. The first one is a piece on the word fence website. It's called the element or attack, how creative hackers combined vulnerabilities to take over WordPress sites.
I really like this piece because it's kind of like a rundown of how an exploit is performed, and so it'll probably take you 10 minutes to read and it's obviously all about the recent. Well compromises that were used against elemental with things like ultimate Adams for elements or, so it shows line by line what it is that was used, how it was injected, what was the result, how did it all happen, and what order did you need to do things in.
So it's really interesting. I would definitely recommend having a look at that. And the other one is over at the web box, security.com website. this is the kind of an annual, the monthly Roundup where they show the little thumbnails of. All of the vulnerabilities that they know about from the previous month.
And I like these ones, as I've said, cause you can just scroll through, look at the icons and think, Hmm, I've used that one somewhere. And then find out, go and get yourself updated, read what may have happened. So yeah, there we go. Security for this week. Please forgive me. I always, each week have AWP Builds, bit self-promotional.
I know, but there you go. Not all self promotional this week in all honesty, because the first one I'm linking to is the WP Builds store. Now, I mentioned a little while ago that big orange hearts, I've got a store and I thought to myself, well. This is interesting. I'm just going to steal that idea, but I'm not stealing the idea in the sense that I'm not kind of setting up a shop and hoping to, you know, kind of steal everything that big orange charter doing quite the opposite.
If you go to that page, you'll notice that I'm going to give 100% of it. Any profit that we make over to big orange heart. And so I'm selling a similar range of things, but they're differences. Obviously. If you go to the big orange chart store, then you're going to be looking at big orange chart logos. If you go to the WP build store, you're going to be looking at dog IUPY builds logo.
So WP Builds logos. Mugs, yeah. And there's logos on t-shirts and there's logos on caps. What else have we got logos on? There's also logos on hoodies and beanies and all of those kinds of things. So if you're feeling like you wish to support WP and op and you would like a WP Builds logo, I would encourage you to go to store dot WP Builds.com and pick something up.
The other ones I mentioned is that I did a podcast this week with David Walmsley. It was a debate number 180 entitled to woo commerce versus other options. We sit on opposite sides of the fence and talk about a particular subject, and in this episode it was whether or not we should do woo commerce or whether we should use some other option.
The one that came up again and again was Shopify. So first of all, should you do e-commerce at all or is it too much of a headache. And if you decide, yes, e-commerce is important, I need to have it as part of my income, then should you go with Wu or should you go with a different service? So we, we throw this around, we come up with all sorts of interesting ideas.
So you can listen to that. Click on that link in the show notes. Episode 180. That's all the WordPress news I've got for you this week, but don't go away. You don't go away because here's some, not WordPress, but useful. Anyway, the first one, I am really pleased that this is going to be coming. This is something to do with the Google Chrome browser, and at the moment I have about 18 maybe 20 different tabs open, and that's really typical.
It often goes way beyond those, and I know that many people just simply don't bookmark things. They just keep them open and. Whilst that's fine, it does get a bit cluttered and it would appear that Google have on their Chrome browser, taken this to heart and they're going to be grouping tabs together so you can keep them in little groups.
And the UI is basically the same except that you've. Got a little kind of colored band, which goes around the top of a group, and I can't really describe it, but if you were to look at the blog posts that I'm linking to, you'll see it right away. You can go to a tab on the top right click and just add it to a group.
You can then name the group, color the group. So for example, I don't know, you've got multiple email tabs open. You could just have an email group and it would say really clearly everything that's blue. Well, that's the email lot, or you could have a CRM section open or maybe just WordPress sites in development, WP in development or something like that.
Anyway, the point is you can now, well, I say now soon coming, you can group your tags and it's going to be so useful for me. Hopefully I will get rid of the enormous clutter that I have at the moment, so definitely worth checking out. I really like this feature. If you haven't given Apple inc enough of your hard earned cash, they figured out a way to parch.
You have some, some of it with something called Apple glass. It's Ruber to start at $499 supports prescription lenses and more so I'm over on the Mac rumors website. This is, if you remember the Google glass experiments where they had this fairly clunky way of putting what looked like a. Dice size, cube of glass floating to the top right of your eyes.
Well, Apple seemed to have managed to nail this with just completely ordinary looking glasses. If the, the image that I'm looking at represents what they actually look like, they are completely indistinguishable from normal glasses. Now, obviously the ability to have prescription lenses that comes at an extra cost and.
It. Apparently you can use the lenses. They can be interacted with using gestures. I have no idea how this is going to work. They can be paired to your iPhone, Apple watch and so on and so forth, and they use LIDAR technology and wireless charging and all sorts. So who knows when these will come out? Who knows how good there'll be.
But interesting. If Apple managed to pull this off in the way that it looks that they're going to pull it off, I can see this being. Absolutely slam dunk, home run, win. Speaking of giant tech companies. Facebook have announced shops for Facebook and Instagram, and it says on the social media today.com website.
After years of working around the edges and trying to find ways to make a bigger dip into e-commerce, the covert 19 pandemic has finally given Facebook the push it needs to take the stuff to start the next major step. Today, Facebook has launched shops on both Facebook. And Instagram, so simply that you can now sell things on your Facebook page and no doubts you'll be able to do this in other ways as well, perhaps even on your own timeline or what have you.
And it looks really, really nice. Obviously, if you've got a whole. Catalog of products. I've no idea how that setup is going to work. You know, can you import tons of products all at once? How does that work? Don't know. You'll have to go and find out for yourself, but you know, the audience that goes along with Facebook is so tremendously large.
I cannot imagine why they haven't dipped their feet into this sooner. So shop owners, well, you know, go and check out Facebook. Maybe it is time to drop those WooCommerce websites. After all, as we discussed in the podcast I mentioned earlier. I don't know how much face to put in this article, but I'm going to bring it to your attention anyway.
It's over on search engine journal who do know their stuff regarding search engine optimization, and it's a piece in title, Google launches, new podcast, promising undocumented information. So if you are an SEO absolute not job and you really enjoy. Going thick into the weeds. This may be a podcast you wish to sign up to.
It's going to be called apparently search off the record, and I don't know on what level they're going to be releasing stuff. You know, whether there'll be drip feeding stuff or sharing absolutely. Loads of free stuff. Obviously the moment they announced it, no doubt the rest of us will be informed through various different outlets such as search engine journal, but regular listeners, you never know.
You might just get a tiny little edge each week. The last one that I want to mention this week is just so off the off the chart of technology. It's all to do with a cave in France. Fascinating stuff. This is a cave that has been discovered. It was actually discovered a little while ago, but it's only really starting to shed light on, on its on.
It's amazing. Whole of things on the inside, allegedly, it's been discovered through all sorts of scientific processes that it's 176,000 year old manmade structures, and when I say manmade structures, it's nothing particularly complicated. Essentially, it's like a circle made of broken off styling. Now I'm going to say mites.
I think that's the right one. The ones that I'm. The ones that grow down or is it up? I don't remember. Don't call me over the coals. Anyway, the point is there are two rings, which clearly could not have been put there by accident, and this cave kind of like got completely blocked off, rediscovered fairly recently.
And so this, as far as we're aware at the moment, is the oldest indication of humans and of laying things out that weren't natural making structures. 176,000 years old.
Right? That's all I've got for you this week. I hope that you enjoyed it. Please do let us know. Come and join us in our Facebook group, WP belts.com forward slash Facebook and let us know, maybe put a comment on the bottom of the blog post. Maybe tell your friends about the podcast if you find this useful.
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