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Roman sacrifice – animals and incense – Roman religion

By |2018-04-09T10:31:19+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Sacrificing a cow, a sheep, and a pig in the Late Republic Probably around the time people began farming their food and raising tame animals for their meat, which in Italy was about 5000 BC, people also began to sacrifice animals to their gods. This was the same thing people did in West Asia - including the Zoroastrians and the Jews - and in Greece at the [...]

Where do tomatoes come from? South America

By |2018-04-20T00:18:42+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, South America|

History of tomatoes: Wild tomatoes Wild tomatoes in the Andes The earliest tomatoes were little sour berries. They grew on low bushes in dry, sunny places in the Andes mountains in South America, beginning about 350 million years ago. Tomato plants are related to nightshade, which is poisonous. So the leaves and stems [...]

Where does squash come from? Central America

By |2018-04-20T00:09:03+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Squash history: Pumpkins growing Where is squash from? Squash is the fruit of a vine plant that grows wild in Central America. Squash probably evolved around the same time as the other flowering plants, about 350 million years ago. It's related to cucumbers, melons and gourds that grew in Africa, Europe, and Asia. [...]

Where do oranges and lemons come from?

By |2018-04-26T10:08:40+00:00June 22nd, 2017|China, Food|

Oranges and lemons come from earlier fruits; this is a type of citron called Buddha's Hand Wild ancestors of oranges and lemons The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea. The first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived in Australia, about 30,000 BC. [...]

History of dates (food) – West Asia

By |2018-04-19T15:40:07+00:00June 21st, 2017|Food, West Asia|

History of dates: Two dates Dates are from West Asia Wild dates probably evolved around 50 million years ago, as a way for date palms to get animals to eat their seeds and carry them to other places before pooping them out. Date palms are palm trees, related to the palms that Africans [...]

Plant reproduction – Biology – Science

By |2018-04-13T17:52:39+00:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|

Cell division The very earliest photosynthesizing plants on Earth, about 3 billion years ago, had only one cell, and they reproduced the way most one-celled creatures do, by mitosis: splitting themselves in half. By about two billion years ago, some of these cells began to split themselves in a more sophisticated way, called [...]

Early Humans – Evolution Science

By |2018-09-02T13:44:52+00:00May 26th, 2017|Africa, Biology|

Early humans: Skeleton of early human Lucy, from about 3.2 million years ago When did the first humans evolve? About six million years ago, the earliest people evolved from earlier primates in East Africa. Read more about the primates Read more about the Tertiary Period Why did people evolve from earlier primates? People [...]