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Neanderthal diets: follow-up
Anthropology / Biology / Genetics / Health / Science / Uncategorized

Neanderthal diets: follow-up

After last week’s post on the question of Neanderthal diets (in which it is suggested that they ate a diet heavy in meat, including meat which had been rotting for some days), anthropologyglobal asked an excellent question I have some¬†potential answers for: What about the odour? How did they have anything so odorous? First of … Continue reading

Neanderthal diets
Anthropology / Biology / Science

Neanderthal diets

There’s much that still puzzles scientists about Neanderthals, despite all the advances we’ve made in sequencing their genomes and reconstructing how they might have lived. One of those mysteries is the high level of an isotope called nitrogen-15 in their remains. To understand the mystery, first you have to understand about isotopes. Isotopes are slightly … Continue reading

Antibiotic use in lifestock: surely it’s a good thing! Spoiler: it really isn’t
Biology / Health / Microbiology / Science

Antibiotic use in lifestock: surely it’s a good thing! Spoiler: it really isn’t

When I saw the first news piece about McDonald’s reducing the amounts of antibiotics used in their beef production, I was hardly surprised to see people panicking. “Surely antibiotics are a good thing! Reducing them means that livestock will be less healthy and humans could get sick! McDonald’s are just trying to skimp on health … Continue reading

The deep biosphere
Biology / Science

The deep biosphere

We think of life on Earth as existing on the skin of our rocky planet. We know there’s life almost everywhere we can think to look on the land and in the water. We don’t think of anywhere¬†below the Earth’s surface as being a particularly hospitable place once you’re any distance underground. In fact scientists … Continue reading

Gecko Jesus
Biology / Science

Gecko Jesus

Okay, sorry, that’s a really flippant subject line. But as I was browsing around for a topic this week that’s actually a) interesting and b) something I can post about confidently, this was the best headline I saw: “Acrobatic Geckos Can Race On Water”. Actually, they’re not the only creatures that can actually ‘walk’ on … Continue reading