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High Carb Diet Tooth Decay Hunter Gatherer
2014-01-07 09:18:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online British scientists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of tooth decay in the skeletal remains of Stone-Age hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa more than 13,700 years ago. The researchers attribute the dental disease to a high-carbohydrate diet of starchy plants and nutty foods that wreaked havoc on the teeth of these ancient humans. The fermented carbohydrates in the nuts caused cavities, tooth decay and bad breath, the...

Of Sharks, Bees And Humans: Hunting Patterns Similar Among Species
2013-12-24 10:39:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international researchers has found that a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania uses the same search pattern to hunt for food as many other animal species, according to a report published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The search pattern, also known as the Levy walk, involves a sequence of short travels in one area and then a longer hike to another area. Not just used to find food,...

2013-10-29 16:05:29

Centuries of economic theory have been based on one simple premise: when given a choice between two items, people make the rational decision and select the one they value more. But as with many simple premises, this one has a flaw in that it is demonstrably untrue. The fields of psychology and behavioral economics have experimentally identified a laundry list of common biases that cause people to act against their own apparent interests. One of these biases — the mere fact of possessing...

European Hunter Gatherers And Farmers Mingled
2013-10-11 08:46:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A pair of new DNA-related studies, each appearing this week in the journal Science, shed new light on the history and evolution of European populations – including the revelation that hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived together in the central part of the continent for more than 2,000 years. That discovery, reported in the paper “2000 Years of Parallel Societies in Stone Age Central Europe” by anthropologist...

2013-09-25 10:31:24

About 10,000 years ago, the Neolithic age ushered in one of the most dramatic periods of human cultural and technological transition, where independently, different world populations developed the domestication of plants and animals. The hunter-gatherers gave rise to herders and farmers. Changes to a more sedentary lifestyle and larger settlements are widely thought to have contributed to a worldwide human population explosion, from an estimated 4-6 million people to 60-70 million by 4,000...

Hunter Gatherers Had Pigs
2013-08-27 13:49:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hunter-gatherers living in Europe around 4600 BC may have had domesticated pigs thanks to incoming Neolithic farmers, according to a new report in the journal Nature Communications. Authors of the report point to evidence of interactions and an exchange of animals between established hunter-gatherer communities and proliferating farming communities around 6,600 years ago. The relationships eventually led to the hunter-gatherers...

Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Calendar In Scotland
2013-07-15 13:02:07

[ Watch the Video: The Beginning Of Time? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archaeology experts say they have made a remarkable discover of what could potentially be the world's oldest "calendar." The ancient calendar dates back to around 8,000 BC, predating the first formal time-measuring devices known to man by nearly 5,000 years. The scientists wrote in the journal Internet Archaeology that they believe that understanding when time began to get logged is...

Farming Arrived In Stone Age Europe Via Near East Migrants
2013-02-12 12:25:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The seeds for the rise of Western civilization were planted when humans living in Europe began to adopt farming, a more efficient and reliable way to supply food, as opposed to hunting and gathering. A recent report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found farming technology was brought to the region by people who moved there from the Near East. "One of the big questions in European archaeology...

The Evolutionary History Of Humans In Europe
2012-08-15 13:28:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe.  The study, reported in the journal Trends in Genetics, found that many cultural, climatic, and demographic events have shaped genetic variation among modern-day European populations and that the variety of those mechanisms is more diverse than previously thought. Recent advances in paleogenetics, or the study...

Hunter-gatherers And Westerners Use Same Amount Of Energy
2012-07-27 08:23:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite what some choose to theorize, when looking back on our ancestors, our society is not growing obese due to the change in cultural lifestyle when compared to those in the hunter-gatherer days. Some believed that because modern lifestyles were different from those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, then it could be the cause of the global rise in obesity. However, a study published in the journal PLoS ONE found that there is no...