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ancient-pottery

Spicy Find Sheds Light on Ancient Cuisine

By analyzing Stone-Age clay cooking vessels, researchers have found the earliest conclusive evidence of humans using spices to flavor their food.

potato-famine

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration.

Palm fields in southern China.

Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.

Fat-Tuesday

9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

As Mardi Gras bacchanalia break out in New Orleans and elsewhere, get the facts about this raucous affair.

HITH- Nathans

Historic Hot Dog Stand Shuts its Doors for the First Time

After Hurricane Sandy battered the historic boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, one of its most iconic businesses was forced to close for the first time in its 96-year-history.

Automat

The Automat: Birth of a Fast Food Nation

A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.

Tartar on the teeth of an Australopithecus sediba specimen. (Credit: Amanda Henry)

Human Ancestor Ate Leaves, Wood and Bark

Unlike other human ancestors, Australopithecus sediba foraged for tough, hard items like leaves, wood and bark, new research suggests.

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Eating Meat Allowed Humans to Conquer Globe, Scientists Say

Eating meat may have allowed our ancestors to grow fruitful, multiply and spread across the planet, a new study suggests.

Last Meal on Titanic

Last Meal on Titanic

What did Titanic’s passengers eat hours before their ship met its tragic end?

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Georgian-Era British Sailors Lived on Ample Meat and Beer, Study Shows

Sailors in the British Royal Navy ate better than working-class civilians 200 years ago, research suggests.

Beer and Civilization

Did Beer Spur the Rise of Agriculture and Politics?

The earliest farmers planted grains in order to brew beer for politically expedient feasts, according to a new study.

Ancient Popcorn

Popcorn Was Popular in Ancient Peru, Discovery Suggests

Nearly seven millennia before movie nights and microwaves, humans snacked on popcorn, according to a new study.

Jawbone Development

For Perfect Teeth, Start Hunting and Gathering

The shift from a hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based lifestyle might be responsible for some dental problems, research suggests.