Ancient Libyan Pottery Is The Oldest Evidence of People Cooking Plants

56 of 110 pottery fragments unearthed from two southwestern Libyan archaeological sites occupied between 8400 and 10,200 years ago, contained a high proportion of palmitic acid to stearic acid. This indicates that these northern Africans were cooking plants in their pots just after the end of the last ice age. The findings were published in... Continue Reading →

Shanidar III – A Neandertal who ate his veggies… Or at least chewed them

Last month's annual meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society hosted a talk by Amanda Henry, a graduate student at George Washington University. She analyzed the microfossils of plant material found in the dental plaque on Neandertal teeth from Shanidar, Iraq. What is dental plaque? Much to the chargin of dentists out there, the composition and origin... Continue Reading →

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