Horses, mustard, old bones, & what knots
Posted by Hal Neumann (+8429) 12 days ago
The findings signify there are no longer true "wild" horses left, only feral horses that descend from horses once domesticated by humans, including Przewalski's horses and mustangs that descend from horses brought to North America by the Spanish.
Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and 'wild' horses

“Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and 'wild' horses”
February 22, 2018
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“When the archaeologist Hayley Saul and her colleagues began investigating the food residues left behind in some particularly well-preserved cooking vessels from Mesolithic sites in present-day Denmark and Germany, she had no clue that the more-than-6,000-year-old pots would contain definitive evidence of the first culinary use of spice in human history.”

“How Prehistoric Humans Spiced Up Their Dinner”
--Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
March 2, 2018
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“Sunghir is the earliest example we have in Europe of very elaborate Homo sapiens burials,” says Natasha Reynolds, an archaeologist at the University of Bordeaux in France, who specializes in the European Upper Paleolithic. “It is the first point in time where we see these complex mortuary behaviors reflected in the European archaeological record.”

“Why This Paleolithic Burial Site Is So Strange (and So Important)”
-- Lea Surugue
February 22, 2018
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“In his 1956 book The Marlinspike Sailor, marine illustrator Hervey Garrett Smith wrote that rope is “probably the most remarkable product known to mankind.” On its own, a stray thread cannot accomplish much. But when several fibers are twisted into yarn, and yarn into strands, and strands into string or rope, a once feeble thing becomes both strong and flexible—a hybrid material of limitless possibility. A string can cut, choke, and trip; it can also link, bandage, and reel. String makes it possible to sew, to shoot an arrow, to strum a chord. It’s difficult to think of an aspect of human culture that is not laced through with some form of string or rope. . . .”

“The Long, Knotty, World-Spanning Story of String”
String is far more important than the wheel in the pantheon of inventions.
--Ferris Jabr
March 6th, 2018

[Edited by Hal Neumann (3/8/2018 3:20:06 PM)]
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