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    Default Neanderthal Dental Plaque Shows What a Paleo Diet Really Looks Like

    Ed Yong
    Mar 8, 2017

    Some ate woolly rhinos; some were vegetarians.

    Neanderthal dental plaque is a precious commodity, so it’s a little embarrassing when you’re trying to dislodge a piece and it goes flying across the room. “We just stood still, and everyone’s like: Where is it? Where is it?” recalls Laura Weyrich from the University of Adelaide. “Usually, we try to wrap the skull in foil and work underneath it, but that time, the foil didn’t happen to cover a small area.”
    Weyrich and her team of unorthodox dentists eventually found the wayward plaque, and recovered similar samples from the skulls of five Neanderthals. Each was once a colony of microbes, growing on a tooth. But over tens of thousands of years, they had hardened into small, brittle pieces of rock. Still, each nugget contained DNA—from the microbes, and also from whatever the Neanderthals had eaten.

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    Default Re: Neanderthal Dental Plaque Shows What a Paleo Diet Really Looks Like

    This Neanderthal dental topic brings back fond memories of my late wife as I posted in last October's similar HH Neanderthal thread:

    http://www.hawkeshealth.net/communit...ht=neanderthal

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    Default Re: Neanderthal Dental Plaque Shows What a Paleo Diet Really Looks Like

    Here is a new interesting website link for this Neanderthal thread:
    https://www.abroadintheyard.com/20-p...m-neanderthal/

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    Those physical traits are interesting. My always rosy cheeks and wide peasant's hands link me to my remote ancestor. Thanks, Grulla!
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    'mushrooms, pine nuts, tree bark, and moss.' Paleo doesn't sound so attractive now!

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