Oldest Evidence of Ancient Cultivated Rice in Central Asia

Rice is the main food source for about half the population of the Earth, and it is arguably one of the most important foods for human beings. The origins of rice, as well as it spread is a key point of study for many biologists and archaeologists. With advances in archaeobotany and molecular biology, we... Continue Reading →

Neanderthals Used Penicillin and Aspirin To Treat Ailments

Laura Weyrich, a paleomicrobiologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and colleagues cleaned off the hardened plaque from the teeth of five Neanderthals found in Belgium and Spain and one from Italy. The samples are dated from 42,000 to 50,000 years ago. They popped off bits of ancient dental plaque, then sequenced the DNA... Continue Reading →

What Did Humans Eat 780,000 Years Ago?

Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar Ilan University archaeologists have uncovered what humans ate 780,000 years ago from the waterlogged Gesher Benot Ya'aqo site in the northern Jordan Valley in Israel. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, under a publication titled, "The plant component of an Acheulian diet at Gesher... Continue Reading →

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