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Research / NOVA special - Becoming Human
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:55:41 AM »
I was at the library today and I saw flyers promoting this new miniseries.  It's going to be on PBS at 8PM on Nov 3, Nov 10 and Nov 17 and the flyer also says it will be viewable online.  Looks like it will be interesting!  The tagline is "How to become human in 6 million simple steps."

Meta / MOVED: what cavemen slept on?
« on: October 09, 2009, 06:45:41 AM »
This topic has been moved to Research.

It's not really on topic for the "meta" board.  :)

Meta / new rule
« on: August 20, 2009, 01:31:16 PM »
No advertising links in your signature.  If you have an advertising link I will delete your post regardless of what the content of the post is.

We have a ton of accounts on this board that have these links in their signatures.  Their posts are usually either weird, disjointed, copy&pasted from another site, or inappropriate to our subject matter.  This rule probably will never apply to our "regulars," but I just wanted everyone to know I am now going zero tolerance on these other accounts even though sometimes the posts themselves are rather innocuous.

Meta / spam in the upcoming few weeks
« on: August 18, 2009, 09:43:02 AM »
I'm going on vacation starting tomorrow and I'll be gone for 2-3 weeks with sporadic internet access, if any.  There has been a lot of spam lately that I've been deleting, so I expect it will pile up a bit while I'm gone.  Just wanted to let you guys know I'll be gone so you don't get frustrated when it doesn't get deleted in a timely fashion.  I'll clean everything up when I get back.

And before anyone asks, I have only limited mod powers and I don't have the ability to make anyone else a mod to take over, otherwise I would hand it off to one of you lovely folks. :)  If it gets really bad while I'm gone, you can try getting a hold of Eric, the guy who owns the boards and is the main mod.

Diet and nutrition / MOVED: New member
« on: March 09, 2009, 07:05:02 AM »

Research / Scientists Map Neanderthal Genome
« on: February 13, 2009, 09:34:37 AM »
Saw this today on slashdot:;_ylt=AlerCTJbQ0GP0FH7cpRd4ATZn414

Scientists map Neanderthal genome

CHICAGO (AFP) In a development that could reveal how modern humans evolved differently than our closest prehistoric cousins, scientists said Thursday they have mapped a first draft of the Neanderthal genome.

"Studying the Neanderthal genome will tell us what makes modern human really modern and really human," said Jean-Jacques Hublin of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

"Why we are alone, why we have these amazing capacities that drove our ancestors to draw, paint" and develop complex tools, he said at a press conference.

Researchers used DNA fragments extracted from three Croatian fossils to map out more than 60 percent of the entire Neanderthal genome by sequencing three billion bases of DNA.

The analysis showed it is highly unlikely that much interbreeding occurred as there was "very little, if any" Neanderthal contribution to the human gene pool, said lead researcher Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute.

But it also revealed that our Neanderthal cousins may have been closer to us than we thought: they share a gene which plays a key function in speech and language.

"How human were they and how would they have interacted? We probably will never fully know," Paabo told reporters.

"They are not very different from us from a genomic perspective."

Neanderthals and modern humans shared a common ancestor from which they diverged about 300,000 years ago.

The squat, low-browed Neanderthals lived in parts of Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East for around 170,000 years but traces of them disappear some 28,000 years ago, their last known refuge being Gibraltar.

Why they died out is a matter of furious debate, because they co-existed alongside modern man.

Some argue Neanderthals were slowly wiped out by the smarter Homo sapiens in the competition for resources.

Others contend that the Neanderthal traits disappeared through interbreeding.

Paabo said the Neanderthal genome project will help answer why humans triumphed by "finding evidence of positive selection, of where something changed in our ancestors that really made a difference in how we reproduced and survived."

It will also allow researchers to identify which changes occurred in the human genome prior to divergence from Neanderthals and which occurred afterwards.

Paabo has organized a consortium of researchers from around the world to help analyze the Neanderthal genome.

They will examine a number of genes which have been identified as playing a role in recent human evolution, including those implicated in brain aging and development which have been suggested to have come from Neanderthals.

Results are expected to be published later this year.

Meta / forum spam and moderator stuff
« on: February 03, 2009, 07:40:02 PM »
Hey everybody!

I had a member contact me through email letting me know that there has been a lot of spam posted here lately.  I have deleted the posts and spammy topics that he pointed out to me.  Unfortunately, when I was made a mod I did not get full access to everything, so the "report this post to the moderator" function does not send anything to me.  If you find an offensive post and would like it removed, please feel free to email me and I will come delete it.  I also do not have the power to ban anybody, so unfortunately these spammers will be able to keep posting.

Sorry I have been away from the boards.  My life got busy over the past few months and the board was eating up a lot of my time so I had to drop it for awhile.  I thought Eric was going to be around keeping up with everything but I guess he is MIA too!

I will try to keep up with the boards again, but I can't promise that I will read/respond to every thread like I used to.  So again, if you find any offensive content that you would like to report, don't hesitate to send me an email.

Research / Great Apes Prefer Cooked Food
« on: July 21, 2008, 05:51:40 PM »

"The cooking hypothesis proposes that a diet of cooked food was responsible for diverse morphological and behavioral changes in human evolution. However, it does not predict whether a preference for cooked food evolved before or after the control of fire. This question is important because the greater the preference shown by a raw-food-eating hominid for the properties present in cooked food, the more easily cooking should have been adopted following the control of fire. Here we use great apes to model food preferences by Paleolithic hominids. We conducted preference tests with various plant and animal foods to determine whether great apes prefer food items raw or cooked. We found that several populations of captive apes tended to prefer their food cooked, though with important exceptions. These results suggest that Paleolithic hominids would likewise have spontaneously preferred cooked food to raw, exapting a pre-existing preference for high-quality, easily chewed foods onto these cooked items. The results, therefore, challenge the hypothesis that the control of fire preceded cooking by a significant period."


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Recipes and meal photos / Carob Fudge
« on: June 19, 2008, 01:21:02 PM »
I read this recipe in another forum somewhere and I tested it out last night.  Super yummy!  Here is the original:

2 cups almond flour
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup raw honey
1 cup carob powder (you could also use cocoa powder instead to make chocolate fudge)
1 tsp - 1 T vanilla

Just mix everything together, press out onto parchment paper, and refrigerate until it firms up.

I didn't want to make such a huge quantity, so last night I mixed up 2T almond flour, 1T coconut oil (I used extra virgin so I got all the coconutty goodness), 1T raw honey, 1T carob powder, and a few drops of vanilla.  I rolled it into a ball and flattened it on some parchment paper and then pressed some unsweetened coconut flakes into the top.  It turned out pretty friggin delicious, but I think it's too sweet for my tastes.  I might try the mini-batch again with half the amount of honey and see if that works.  I think it might also work using other bases in place of almond flour - maybe nut butter or pulverized coconut flakes or ground flax.

I'm trying to go off chocolate, so this is a good step forward.

Miscellaneous / blogs
« on: June 10, 2008, 12:53:29 PM »
Does anyone have any good paleo- or nutrition- oriented blogs or websites they like to visit?  Or fitness I guess too.  :)

Here are some I've been reading:

The last two are my current favorites.

Also, I'm starting to work on a blog of my own that's going to have recipes and meal photos.  You can see the preliminary stuff I did here.  This is the first time I've shared the link anywhere...I want to get some content up on it before I try to pimp it anywhere:

As you can see, I quit working on it when I sprained my ankle.  ;P

Recipes and meal photos / breakfast and lunch recipes
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:57:07 AM »
I found I was putting some lunches in my dinner thread, so I thought I'd give them their own home.

Here is today's breakfast:

Eggs over easy with fennel-cucumber relish.

The idea for the relish came from here:

My version is:
1/4 of a large fennel bulb, finely diced
2 inches of cucumber, seeded and finely diced
3 kalamata olives, diced
small handful of parsley, minced
zest of 1/2 a lemon
pinch of salt
1/2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T olive oil

It only takes a few min to make and the yolks from the eggs mix so nicely with the fennel. Mmm.

Diet and nutrition / pork rinds
« on: March 31, 2008, 08:48:53 AM »
I had a hankering for some pork rinds the other day so I went out and got a few bags.  Then I freaked out that they might be fried in some kind of hideous polyunsaturated or transfatty franken-oil, so I e-mailed the company and asked.

So, if anyone is curious, Utz brand pork rinds are fried in their own lard.  :)  Yay!  I was quite happy to hear that.

Meta / pictures?
« on: March 30, 2008, 02:44:36 PM »
Has the picture feature been disabled for the boards?  I had some pics (especially in my recipe thread) that aren't showing up anymore (at least on my machine).  I also don't see the option for attaching pics to threads anymore.

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