All posts tagged with plants

Link: A 137-year-old botanical experiment

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On the subject of long-running experiments in biology, Atlas Obscura has a story about a 137-year-old experiment in the germination of common weeds: “The wor...

Neandertal self-medication

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Karen Hardy and colleagues (2013) have a brief paper in a recent issue of Antiquity putting into context their recent finding about possible medicinal plant ...

Tracking the potato pathogen

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An increasing number of authors of scientific papers are writing good blog summaries of their work. The really great part is that the authors tend to give ba...

Tartar control and Neandertal plant use

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Dental plaque is a biofilm made up of bacteria adhering to the enamel surface of the teeth. Plaque is soft but over many days can gradually calcify. The hard...

Seeds of MSA diet breadth

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Julio Mercader reports in a short Science paper that the MSA stone artifacts from Ngalue cave, Mozambique, preserve thousands of grains of sorghum starch, al...

The fishy spaces of the Middle Pleistocene

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In Science this week, Nira Alperson-Afil and colleagues report on recent excavations at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel. I saw some of this research presented a...

Kew art

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One of my favorite art bloggers, Katherine Tyrell, has an illustrated review of a Kew Gardens exhibition, titled “The Art of Plant Evolution”.

Middle Stone Age bed and breakfast

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On occasion, I point out interesting findings from archaeological chemistry and microscopic study of site formation processes. Last month, I pointed to the a...

Neandertals, plants, and fish

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I don’t read Spanish well, but I’m going to go ahead and link a news article in a Spanish journal about Neandertal diet and cooking at the Spanish site of El...

Weeds and climate change

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On the subject of weeds and biological invasions, touched on in this week’s “Practical Evolution” essay, the NY Times ran a long piece last week about the re...

Weed species (part 1)

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This is the first in a series of essays titled, "Practical Evolution." Here are links to the whole series and the series introduction. I've decided to break ...