Dinosaurs and LSD?

Keeping with our theme of ancient drugs, earlier this year researchers from Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service discovered a remarkable fossil from the amber mines of Myanmar.  The amber was around 100 million years old, from the mid-Cretaceous and it contained the oldest known piece of grass. This alone makes it an... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of English Sweating Sickness

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,... Continue Reading →

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