December 31st in Anthropology, Food Environments by . no comment .

Neanderthal Genome Holds Secrets to Diabetes

Scientists have discovered that a variation of a gene that increases the risk of a person developing type 2 diabetes by 25 percent was likely introduced into human populations by Neanderthals more than 60,000 years ago. The newly sequenced Neanderthal genome taken from a female toe found in Siberia’s Denisova Cave, …

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December 22nd in Nutrition, Survival by . no comment .

Nutritional Needs an Important Factor in Early Human Settlement

Early humans were driven by a need for nutrient-rich food when selecting places to live in paleolithic Europe. Over 50 nutrients are needed to sustain human life. In particular, it would have been essential for early humans to find sources of protein, fats, carbohydrates, folic acid and vitamin C. Researchers suggest …

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December 21st in Anthropology by . no comment .

Archaeologists to Excavate a Controversial Early North American Site in Florida

A team led by Mercyhurst University archaeologist James Adavasio will excavate a site in Vero Beach, Florida, that is one of North America’s most controversial. In 1915, workers dredging a canal in Vero Beach unearthed a trove of bones belonging to extinct Ice Age animals such as saber tooth cats, ground sloths, and …

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December 15th in Uncategorized by . no comment .

Archaeologists Work to Save Reindeer

Scientists worldwide have worked to understand the effect of this rapidly expanding infrastructure on wild species. These studies have focused on migratory species such as reindeer and caribou, because the development of infrastructure along traditional migratory routes can hinder or block migrations.  Recently a team of archaeologists completed a study …

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November 7th in Uncategorized by . no comment .

Ancestral Microbiome

Hadza hunters use the stomach contents of Impala as hand scrubber, and eat the colon of the animal after minimal cooking. Needless to say that I am super excited about these studies; there is obviously some major microbial exchanges happening here. Researchers working with the Hadza in Tanzania are looking …

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October 2nd in Food Environments by . no comment .

Traditionally Roasted Salmon on the Northern California Coast

Last weekend I took my field archaeology class to the Society for California Archaeology Northern Data Sharing Meeting, in Trinidad, CA.  This was my first trip to Trinidad and I must say its rugged coastline, spectacular views, and trails along ocean live up to their reputation as some of the …

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August 11th in Anthropology by . no comment .

Game Changer: The Ability to Throw and How it Helped Make us Human.

Yep you guessed it… I am a San Francisco Giants fan, and I must admit that the inspiration for this post came from Tim Lincecum’s recent no-hitter.  Which is good, I needed some inspiration… not to mentation a little free time (work has been crazy the past few months).  While …

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August 2nd in Food Environments by . no comment .

Earliest Evidence of Cheese Production

Just a quickie today.  Milk fats discovered on this piece of perforated 7,000-year-old pottery from Poland help explain how a “milk revolution” allowed farmers and herders to spread rapidly across Europe.  I have a post milk in the hopper… so check back soon! Check out this link for more information. …

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July 22nd in Anthropology, Food Environments, Nutrition, Survival by . no comment .

An Ancient Key to Modern Diabetes

My work has a number of great traditions.  One tradition I particularly enjoy is the Anthropology Forum.  The forum happens every Thursday and consists of a fifty-minute presentation (usually anthropological in nature) followed by drinks and spirited discussion at a local watering hole.  I recently attended a presentation by Dr. …

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July 15th in Anthropology, Food Environments, Nutrition by . no comment .

Stable Isotopes and Food Residues: Indirect Evidence of Past Diet

We have all heard the expression “you are what you eat.”  Well, I am going to tell you right now, it is true!  Your bones are storing information about your diet from the last ten years.  Additionally, your teeth stop developing in early adulthood and are essentially a sealed portrait …

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