Latest Geophagy Stories

2012-10-24 23:45:41

Pica and geophagy are much more prevalent in Madagascar than earlier researchers believed Though it was identified as a disorder as early as the 14th century, pica, or the eating of non-food items, has for years believed to be all but non-existent in a few corners of the globe — a 2006 study that reviewed research on pica found just four regions — the South of South America, Japan, Korea and Madagascar —where the behavior had never been observed. A new Harvard study,...

2011-06-02 14:50:00

Most of us never considered eating the mud pies we made as kids, but for many people all over the world, dining on dirt is nothing out of the ordinary. Now an extensive meta-analysis forthcoming in the June issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology helps explain why. According to the research, the most probable explanation for human geophagy"”the eating of earth"”is that it protects the stomach against toxins, parasites, and pathogens. The first written account of human geophagy...

2008-01-13 08:08:24

Chimps eat dirt. This has been known for years. And while chimp cuisine might look more gritty than gourmet to us, it turns out our closest animal relations have a good reason for feasting on soil: It improves their health. By studying samples of soil eaten by chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda, a research team led by Sabrina Krief of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris found that eating soil with their meals boosts the anti-malarial properties of...

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2006-10-19 13:06:40

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, is one of the larger and more widespread of Australia's cockatoos. These birds range throughout the various climates in Australia, from Far North Queensland beyond the Iron Range Mountains, as well as parts of the Snowy Mountains. They are also numerous in Adelaide and southern South Australia and can be spotted north of Perth. The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo weigh about 28.2 ounces. Their distinctive call can be loud and it is meant to travel...

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Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.