Posts Tagged ‘prehistory’

The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

November 5, 2015

The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

Devotees of the “Paleo Diet” (aka “Caveman Diet”) eat meat, seafood, eggs, and “non-starchy” fresh fruits and vegetables and eshew legumes, dairy products, and grains and other carbohydrates. That’s their idea of what humans ate in the Old Stone Age, before people learned how to farm and raise animals. They claim our prehistory shows the human body is ill-adapted to digest those new-fangled Neolithic farmed foods.

But that’s not the real menu of our ancestors, which included bugs, grubs, and all the starchy carbs they could get. And even though there were Stone Age food processors, they were used to make porridge, not “paleo smoothies.”


Stone Age Murder

June 2, 2015

Stone Age Murder

“Scientists at Binghamton University have analyzed fatal wounds on a 430,000-year-old skull, and believe that they have uncovered one of the oldest murder cases known to man. The skeletal remains in question were found at an archaeological site in Spain, where at least 28 other skeletons were also discovered.”

–“Wanted: 430,000-Year-Old Murder Suspect,” Dustin Petzold, Big Think


Creationists Find Cave Painting of Dinosaur

March 28, 2011

Creationists Finds Cave Painting of Dinosaur

Creationists now claim a cave painting at Utah’s Kachina Bridge formation in south-eastern Utah proves that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. They are probably relying on the famed Biblical commentary “Alley Oop of Moo” rather than the conventional paleontological record.


“Creationists Find Cave Painting of Dinosaur,” Maureen O’Connor, Gawker

 “Debunking the ‘Dinosaurs’ of Kachina Bridge,” Brian Switek, Dinosaur Tracking, Smithsonian blog

 “‘Proof of Creation’ Dino Drawing Just a Mud Stain,” Eric Niiler, Discovery News


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World’s Oldest Leather Shoe

June 10, 2010

World's Oldest Leather Shoe

A 5,500-year-old shoe has been discovered in a cave in Armenia’s Vayotz Dzor Province, near the Iranian border. The footwear features leather uppers and sole and a straw inner sole, and has a unique lacing pattern, with both front and rear laces. Only the right shoe was found (have they looked under the bed?).

The shoe, a thousand years older than Stonehenge, is in perfect shape. Perhaps it was discarded when those platform cave shoes came into fashion. While this is a landmark archaeological find, a pair of 7,500-year-old fiber flip-flops was found in Missouri.