Neanderthal medics? Evidence for food, cooking, and medicinal plants entrapped in dental calculus

@article{Hardy2012NeanderthalME,
  title={Neanderthal medics? Evidence for food, cooking, and medicinal plants entrapped in dental calculus},
  author={K. Hardy and S. Buckley and M. Collins and A. Estalrrich and D. Brothwell and L. Copeland and A. Garc{\'i}a-Tabernero and Samuel Garc{\'i}a-Vargas and M. Rasilla and C. Lalueza-Fox and R. Huguet and M. Bastir and D. Santamar{\'i}a and M. Madella and J. Wilson and {\'A}. F. Cort{\'e}s and A. Rosas},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2012},
  volume={99},
  pages={617-626}
}
Neanderthals disappeared sometime between 30,000 and 24,000 years ago. [...] Key Method We present the results of a study, in which sequential thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD-GC-MS) and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) were combined with morphological analysis of plant microfossils, to identify material entrapped in dental calculus from five Neanderthal individuals from the north Spanish site of El Sidrón. Our results provide the first molecular evidence for…Expand
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