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Food in Early Central Asia

By |2019-03-09T07:36:09-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) Central Asian meat and dairy The nomads who lived in Central Asia, like the Scythians, the Mongols and the Turks, mostly lived on the meat and milk from their big herds of cattle. They ate a lot of yogurt and cheese [...]

Chimpanzee Evolution and Biology

By |2018-09-03T10:22:42-07:00May 26th, 2017|Africa, Biology|

What is a chimpanzee? Chimpanzees evolved in the Tertiary period, about five million years ago, when they split off from earlier primates in Africa. When did chimpanzees evolve? Chimpanzees are descended from earlier primates. They probably split off from the branch that became modern humans about five million years ago, but they're still [...]

Why do bees make honey?

By |2019-01-28T06:35:10-07:00May 25th, 2017|Biology|

Bees evolve from flies The history of bees: Bees evolved from earlier flies and dragonflies about 200 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. More about flies The Jurassic period All our biology articles This was when the dinosaurs were alive. Bees developed the ability to take advantage of a new food source: flowering plants like [...]

What is lost wax casting? History of Art

By |2018-04-14T12:41:56-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, What|

A Samnite man cutting the bronze pins off a newly poured lost wax statue. This is the only ancient image of lost wax casting; it's from Pompeii, about 400 BC. Just a little while after bronze was invented, around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began to make bronze jars and bronze cups using lost-wax [...]

History of honey

By |2019-01-28T05:44:41-07:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Food|

History of honey: Chimpanzee smashing a beehive to get honey When did people start to eat honey? Bees first began to make honey about 200 million years ago, long before there were any people. Why do bees make honey? The Jurassic period History of food People almost certainly ate wild honey even before [...]