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This site stems from a love of food and discusses food uses, food origins, food history, food science, and food current events.
Turkeys have long been an important foodstuff in many parts of the world. In the U.S., not only has our post-colonial society been fueled by this fowl; historically, turkey meat, feathers, and bones have provided important uses for pre-contact Native Americans. But where did these birds come from? By examining the remains of turkeys from [...]... Read more »
Speller, C., Kemp, B., Wyatt, S., Monroe, C., Lipe, W., Arndt, U., & Yang, D. (2010) Ancient mitochondrial DNA analysis reveals complexity of indigenous North American turkey domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0909724107
In a recent article in Science, Julio Mercader, of the University of Calgary, discusses his discovery of “starch granules” on surfaces of stone tools dating back to 105,000 years ago at a cave site in Mozambique. In other words, in contrast to the idea that Homo sapiens relied on a cereal-less diet of nuts, roots, [...]... Read more »
Mercader, J. (2009) Mozambican Grass Seed Consumption During the Middle Stone Age. Science, 326(5960), 1680-1683. DOI: 10.1126/science.1173966
In 1995 scientists Raul J. Cano and Monica K. Borucki uncovered endospores from a bacteria related to Bacillus sphaericus, a fungal bacteria, in the stomach of a bee. Endospores are dormant spores, surrounded by a thick protein wall, and created by bacteria in response to environmental stress. In this dormant, dehydrated state, Bacillus endospores can [...]... Read more »
Cano, R., & Borucki, M. (1995) Revival and identification of bacterial spores in 25- to 40-million-year-old Dominican amber. Science, 268(5213), 1060-1064. DOI: 10.1126/science.7538699
Forget the supposed aphrodisiac qualities of garlic, Dana E. Amiraian and Jeffery Sobal of Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences wanted to find out what kinds of foods people actually ate on dates. They published their findings in the journal, Appetite.
To look for answers, the researchers distributed questionnaires to students in an introductory biology class. Participating [...]... Read more »
Amiraian, D., & Sobal, J. (2009) Dating and eating. Beliefs about dating foods among university students. Appetite, 53(2), 226-232. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.06.012
Recently, the remains of 11,000 year old food silos were found during excavations at Dhra’, near the Dead Sea in Jordan. The discovery was announced in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists who discovered the food storage centers believe that they predate the full domestication of plant food by about 1,000 [...]... Read more »
Kuijt, I., & Finlayson, B. (2009) Evidence for food storage and predomestication granaries 11,000 years ago in the Jordan Valley. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(27), 10966-10970. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0812764106
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