It’s easy to imagine how hard it must be to diagnose an ancient disease from bones alone. Many illness leave no trace on the skeleton, and soft tissues are rarely preserved, so in most cases it is impossible to even say that an animal or prehistoric human was sick at the time of their death, much less what they died of. 1,993 more words
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A few months ago I wrote on this blog about the possible evolutionary origin of grass during the Cretaceous period. Although grass was generally accepted as having evolved during the Eocene (40 million years ago) there were some intriguing phytoliths from India which suggested otherwise. 536 more words
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Und jetzt erzählt mir mein Onkel, er wolle noch schnell die Zuwanderung begrenzen? Und damit die einzigen, die mir helfen könnten, seine Rente zu bezahlen, aus Deutschland fernhalten?
Let’s roundup some obliquely-saint-related trivia…
1. Depending on where you are, St. Anthony’s Fire is either the skin infection erysipelas (Britain & the US; it’s what killed John Stuart Mill), shingles (Italy and Malta), or ergotism (France and Germany). 1,403 more words