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Prehistoric Europeans Used Spices
2013-08-22 10:51:06

According to a recent find, prehistoric chefs in modern day Denmark and Germany used mustard garlic as a food spice at least 6,000 years ago.

Volcanic Grit Played Key Role In Strong Tooth Development
2013-03-05 19:55:56

Archeologists have long assumed the evolutionary development of strong, thick-enameled teeth coincides with a mammals shift to a diet of field grasses.

Maize Central To Diet And Civilization In Ancient Peru
2013-02-26 09:42:30

A new study provides conclusive evidence maize was central to the diet of complex Peruvian societies some 5000 years ago, further reiterating the importance of agriculture in the rise of civilizations.

2013-01-10 14:05:03

Dental microwear, the pattern of tiny marks on worn tooth surfaces, is an important basis for understanding the diets of fossil mammals, including those of our own lineage.

Ancient Human Predecessors Were Tree-Climbing Bark Eaters
2012-06-28 09:20:06

An international team of scientists has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans had an unusual diet -- one which may have contributed to their ultimate downfall, according to various reports published Wednesday.

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2009-03-24 08:00:00

The earliest physical evidence for domesticated maize, what some cultures call corn, dates to at least 8,700 calendar years ago, and it was probably domesticated by indigenous peoples in the lowland areas of southwestern Mexico, not the highland areas.

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2005-11-17 15:35:00

Imagine dinosaur terrain - full of ferns and palms, right? Better add some grass to that picture. A new discovery debunks the theory that grasses didn't emerge until long after the dinosaurs died off. The earliest grass fossils ever found were about 55 million years old - from the post-dinosaur era.

2005-11-17 14:10:00

Fossilized dinosaur droppings found in central India show that giant dinosaurs known as titanosaurs ate grass, an international team of researchers reported on Thursday.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.