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2009-05-27 14:17:20

Researchers claim to have discovered the earliest evidence of leprosy in a 4,000-year-old skeleton from India. Gwen Robbins, an anthropologist at Appalachian State University, and a team of archaeologists from Deccan College in Pune, India, found the skeleton at the site of Balathal in Rajasthan. The region was thriving from about 3700 to 1800 B.C., they reported in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One. Robbins' team reported that the skeleton shows evidence of erosion caused by leprosy. It...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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