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Oklahoma Catfish Noodlers

Catching fish with your bare hands, or noodling, is a popular pastime in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma.

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STAY IN THE WORKFORCE TO STAVE OFF DEMENTIA (so…with no retirement there would be no dementia?)

Stay in the Workforce to Stave off Dementia

Many people nowadays are delaying retirement for economic reasons, but new research suggests this could actually be doing wonders for their cognitive health. Medical records from nearly half a million people in France indicate that remaining in the workforce can reduce the risk of developing dementia by 3.2 percent per year. The findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that lifestyle factors such as physical activity, social engagement, and mental stimulation—all of which employment tends to provide—have a protective effect on the brain. More…

Today’s Birthday: ROSALYN YALOW (1921)

Rosalyn Yalow (1921)

Yalow was a medical physicist who developed the technique of radioimmunoassay (RIA)—a simple way to measure tiny concentrations of substances such as hormones, enzymes, or drugs in blood or other bodily fluids. She originally applied RIA to study blood insulin levels in diabetes mellitus, but the method soon found hundreds of other applications. For these discoveries, she shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in medicine, becoming only the second woman to win the award in this field. Who was the first?More… Discuss



Indian Schoolchildren Sickened and Killed by Contaminated Lunch

At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Biharhave died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world’s largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook’s warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More… Discuss


From National Geographic: Ship Made without Nails is Mighty (Published on Jul 18, 2013)

Published on Jul 18, 2013

Can a ship built without blueprints, power tools—or even nails—survive the sea? Four years in the making, this 150-foot ship, called a “dhow,” can withstand powerful monsoon winds, and it’s ready for action.


What Happened To: On the Brink of Extinction

What Happened To: On the Brink of Extinction

What Happened To: On the Brink of Extinction

Phytoplankton’s influence on th eGlobal Carbon Cycle

Phyto plankton's influence on th eGlobal Carbon Cycle

Phytoplankton’s influence on the global  Carbon Cycle

“Aurora” (Northern Lights) (My Art Collection)

"Aurora" (Northern Lights) (My Art Collection)

“Aurora” (Northern Lights) (My Art Collection)

Hans Island

Hans Island is located between Canada and Greenland in the strait that connects Baffin Bay to the Arctic Ocean. Used by the Inuit as a hunting ground for centuries, it was later found by 19th-century British and American explorers searching for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The island was named after Greenlander Hans Hendrik, the guide of American explorer Charles Francis Hall. Though it is just 0.5 sq mi (1.3 sq km) and is barren and uninhabited, it is claimed by what two countries? More… Discuss


A Word Each Day: ERUDITION


Definition: (noun) Profound scholarly knowledge.
Synonyms: encyclopedismlearningscholarship
Usage: They, like himself, had been bred in the studious cloisters of a university, and were supposed to possess all the erudition which mankind has hoarded up from age to age. Discuss.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things’

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Choristers Have a Change of Heart

When choir singers perform together, their heart rates tend to synchronize. The more structured the piece, the greater the synchrony. Researchers attribute this to the controlled breathing techniques that singers use, which effectively coordinate their breathing. This is also likely why choral singing has the overall effect of slowing the heart rate. Thus, like yoga breathing and guided breathing, which have been shown to lower blood pressure, choir singing could improve cardiovascular healthMore… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE SEVESO DISASTER (1976)

The Seveso Disaster (1976)

Around noon on July 10, 1976, an explosion occurred in the ICMESA manufacturing plant north of Milan, Italy, releasing a poisonous cloud of dioxin gas. Although dioxin is toxic—it was an ingredient in the herbicide Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War—evacuation efforts began slowly. Named for the small Italian town most affected, the Seveso disaster led to legislation aimed at preventing chemical accidents. How many animals were slaughtered to prevent toxins from entering the food chainMore… Discuss


All That Jazz ” You Better Change Your Ways ” Time for change…for a change

All That Jazz 
Ann Reinking 
” You Better Change Your Ways “

Nature of Change, poetic thought by George-B (“I’ve learned to look at the horizons…:)

 Nature of Change, poetic thought by George-B

I’ve learned to look at the horizons ahead
and clearly see the past
reenacted almost identically
like long time ago,

As if
nothing changes,
as the more things change….well,

the more they seem to stay the same:

A new generation desires change,
An old generation know that change to have been around


Then change occurs,

and change of change occurs….
And yet we’re always staying still,


with all that change!

from CBS -_- Intel chief apologizes for ‘erroneous’ answer on NSA data

from CBS -_- Intel chief apologizes for 'erroneous' answer on NSA data

from CBS -_- Intel chief apologizes for ‘erroneous’ answer on NSA data (you wanna find out more….you know what to to!)

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in a March 2013 file photo, denied that NSA analysts eavesdrop on Americans’ phone calls without “proper legal authorization.” / GETTY IMAGES

The 10 Commandments of Data Sovereignty

The 10 Commandments of Data Sovereignty

The 10 Commandments of Data Sovereignty  (if you wanna find out more…Better click now)



From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ – Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives

From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ - Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives

From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ – Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives

National Geographic -_ – Pictures We Love -_- June (just a thought: “National Geographic: Geography is our Personality!”

National Geographic -_ - Pictures We Love -_- June

National Geographic -_ – Pictures We Love -_- June


Flowers for Graves an Ancient Practice

Flowers are commonly used nowadays in burial rituals the world over, but this is nothing new. Archeologists in Israel have found evidence that humans were decorating graves with flowers as early as 11,700 BCE. Impressions of stems and blossoms, quite possibly mint and sage, were uncovered in four graves in an ancient Natufian burial ground. The Natufians were among the first peoples to transition from nomadic hunting and gathering to permanent settlements and to establish graveyardsMore… Discuss



Rudimentary Human Livers Grown from Stem Cells

Researchers in Japan have created tiny functional humanlivers from stem cells. The team’s success may be due to its novel approach, which involved bringing together several different types of stem cells in an attempt to mimic the processes that occur during human embryonic development. When mixed together, the cells spontaneously began to organize themselves into “liver buds,” collections of liver cells with the potential to develop into a full organ. The researchers then implanted the buds into mice and found that they began to perform many of the functions of mature human liver cells. More… Discuss


Dr. Helen Caldicott – Radiation and Fukushima, What They Aren’t Telling You (Atoms for Peace…Yeah right!)

Dr. Helen Caldicott - Radiation and Fukushima, What They Aren’t Telling You

Dr. Helen Caldicott – Radiation and Fukushima, What They Aren’t Telling You (Click to access website…Or don’t….and remain unclicked….Your Choice!)

From CNN: San Francisco protests the NSA spying program in July 4th march

From CNN: San Francisco protests the NSA spying program in July 4th march

From CNN: San Francisco protests the NSA spying program in July 4th march (click to access report…Or not: It’s your choice!)

The working day of the average Englishman – Godfrey Bloom MEP (yeah Godfrey, say it the way it is Sir!): I know our lilliputian politicians here over the pond can… relate…

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 02 July 2013

• Speaker: Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group –http://www.godfreybloommep.co.uk

• Debate: Implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax
Report: Anni Podimata (A7-0230/2013)
– Report on the proposal for a Council directive implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax
[COM(2013)0071 – – 2013/0045(CNS)]
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More… Discuss


Honey Can Be Hazardous to Health

Doctors in Turkey recently treated a father and son suffering from vomiting, dizziness, and cardiac arrhythmia brought on by their consumption of “mad honey,” honey derived from the pollens of certain neurotoxin-containing plants. The honey the men had eaten came from the Black Sea region, where bees are known to feed on rhododendrons, some species of which produce grayanotoxins. These toxins bind to sodium channels in cell membranes, causing potentially dangerous heart rhythm disturbances. Though this sort of poisoning is rare, experts advise people to exercise caution when consuming honey produced in regions where grayanotoxin-containing plants are found. More… Discuss


Seven African Countries Dramatically Cut Childhood HIV Infections

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have all made great strides in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, these seven countries have cut the number in half. Much of this success is the result of programs to getantiretroviral medications to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby preventing the virus’ transmission to their offspring. Still, across most high-priority countries inAfrica, including those named above, access to AIDS drugs for pediatric patients remains “unacceptably low,” with only 30 percent of HIV-positive children getting the treatment they need. More… Discuss

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on “kindred spirits”

Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss
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Just a thought: A species without any instinctual fear, is doomed!

Just a thought: “A species without any instinctual fear, is doomed!”



Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an imaging technique that maps brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents in the brain. Unlike electroencephalography, which uses electrodes attached to the head, MEG uses sensors positioned over the head and takes place in a vaultlike machine that eliminates interference from magnetic fields produced by various sources. MEG is sometimes used to pinpoint areas of pathological activity before surgery to treat what conditions? More… Discuss


Last Dusky Seaside Sparrow Dies in Captivity (1987)

Thousands of dusky seaside sparrows once inhabited the natural salt marshes around Merritt Island and the area along the St. Johns River in southern Florida. The non-migratory birds lived exclusively in this small area, and this proved to be their undoing. From the 1940s onward, pesticides, pollution, and habitat loss caused the subspecies’ population to decline precipitously. By 1979, just six males remained. Why were the remaining birds eventually relocated to Walt Disney World theme parkMore… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN (1920)


John Howard Griffin (1920)


Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, pro...

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Central High School. Protesters carry US flags and signs reading “Race Mixing is Communism” and “Stop the Race Mixing March of the Anti-Christ”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Griffin was an American author who darkened his white skin with medication and sunlamps in order to experience the racial segregation of the southern US. He described his experiences in his


Tanning beds substantially raise risks of skin...

Tanning beds substantially raise risks of skin cancer, including melanoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

controversial 1961 book Black Like Me, which details his interactions with others—both white and black—and the problems he encountered while traveling and attempting to meet basic needs. It is often recounted that Griffin died from skin cancer resulting from his efforts to darken his skin. Is it true? More…


English: Jim Crow Painted rock on a stone beac...

English: Jim Crow Painted rock on a stone beach, Hunter’s Quay. The name was originally given to racial segregation laws in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Sokal Affair

In 1996, physics professor Alan Sokal submitted a parody article to the journal Social Text to see if the editors would publish it just because it “sounded good” and “flattered” their views. Though Sokal disregarded their requested edits, they still published his article. In a different journal, he revealed that his piece was a hoax meant to expose the unreliable nature of non-peer reviewed publications and the bias of “the academic Left.” What was the subject of Sokal’s article? More… Discuss


National Geographic Live! – Alison Wright: Portraits of the Human Spirit

Published on May 27, 2013

After confronting her own mortality in a near-fatal bus crash, photographer Alison Wright dedicates her career to capturing the human spirit through her photographs and writing.

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National Geographic Live! – Poverty on the Homefront

Published on Jun 3, 2013

Photographer Alison Wright travels across the U.S., shedding light on the country’s shockingly large number of impoverished children.

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National Geographic – Barry Clifford: Pirate Treasure Found

National Geographic Live! – Barry Clifford: Pirate Treasure Found

Published on Jun 11, 2013

After years of searching, underwater explorer Barry Clifford made world headlines in 1985 with his discovery of the first fully verified pirate shipwreck: the Whydah, which sank near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in April 1717.

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In Her Words: Sylvia Earle on Women in Science

Published on Jun 14, 2013

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June 14, 2013—On June 13, aquanaut, oceanographer and marine biologist Sylvia Earle received the Hubbard Medal, the National Geographic Society’s highest honor, for distinction in exploration, discovery and research. In light of recent public discussions about women in the sciences, National Geographic asked Sylvia to discuss her experiences as a woman in a field previously considered a man’s world.



Jiroemon Kimura: World's oldest man ever dies at age 116

Jiroemon Kimura: World’s oldest man ever dies at age 116

Oldest Man in Recorded History Passes Away

Jiroemon Kimura, a Japanese man who, at 116, was the world’s oldest living person as well as the oldest man recorded in history, has died of natural causes. The father of seven reportedly had 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. A retired postal worker, he was said to have helped out on a family farm until he was around 90. When asked the secret to his longevity, the supercentenarian said that eating light was key. One of his relatives disagreed, instead attributing his long life to his positive attitude. More…Discuss

Sailing off Huntington Beach (Oil Painting) ( My Art Collection)

Sailing off Huntington Beach (oil Painting) ( My Art Collection)

Sailing off Huntington Beach (oil Painting) ( My Art Collection)

So it shall be written (poetic thought by George-B)


And even if we were to understand,
The simplest notions,
It would be for a fraction of a second…
Then, with the wisdom of the fish,
we continue to rush around ourselves,
As happy balanced electrons,
Aimlessly searching for novelty, in a decaying pass
An, without doubt, lost cause of universal challenge

You say brain over matter
I say matter over matter, brain or no brain…

So what if there were to be a brain here, what if an
Infinity of changes took place or will?
For this show,
we live shorter than the shortest flick of desire,
emanated by the most uninsignificantly fundamental
unquantifiable particle-
Only thing that lives on is the insignificance of it…

 “So it was written, So it will be told”

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE LE MANS DISASTER (1955)

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)

The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars’ top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh’s Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue? More…Discuss


Nigel Farage: I hope taxpayers all over Europe listen to this…

Published on May 21, 2013

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• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 21 May 2013

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy‘ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament –http://nigelfaragemep.co.uk

• Joint debate: European Council meeting (22 May 2013) – tax fraud and tax havens 

1. Preparations for the European Council meeting (22 May 2013)
Council and Commission statements

2. Fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and tax havens
Report: Mojca Kleva Kekuš (A7-0162/2013)
Report on Fight against Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion and Tax Havens
[COM(2012)0722 – – 2013/2060(INI)]
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

3. Annual tax report: how to free the EU potential for economic growth
Report: Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (A7-0154/2013)
Report on the Annual Tax report: how to free the EU potential for economic growth
[COM(2012)0756 – – 2013/2025(INI)]
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

• Bluecard question: Liisa JAAKONSAARI MEP (Finland), Socialist group (S&D)

Speech transcript:

English: Hemicycle of the European Parliament ...

English: Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Barroso giving speech, bottom left – front row. Borrell in the chair. Finnish Prime Minister as President-in-Office, front row opposite Barroso. Türkçe: Strazburg’daki Avrupa Birliği parlementosu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Thank you. Well there is a great degree of unity here this morning, with a common enemy – rich people, successful companies evading tax, which of course is a problem.

Avoiding tax, which is not illegal, but it gives this whole chamber this morning a high moral tone.


Tax Evasion & Wealth Preservation - Tory style

Tax Evasion & Wealth Preservation-Photo credit: Byzantine_K


And as Mr. Barroso says it is all about the perception of fairness. Because there is the added bonus of course that it drives a wedge between the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Caymans. 

But before we declare our virtues, perhaps we ought to look just a little bit closer to home.

And I hope that the taxpayers all over Europe listen to this. If we look at the EU officials who work for the European Commission and the European Parliament, the highest category [the most common grade is AD12] are people that earn a net take home pay of just over 100 thousand pounds a year. And yet under EU rules they pay tax of 12 per cent. It is tax fraud on an absolutely massive scale. 

And Mr Barroso I would say to you, how can that be deemed to be fair? How can people out there struggling – the 16 million people unemployed in the eurozone – how can they look at these institutions, not only paying people vast sums of money but allowing them tax and pension benefits on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world? So I suggest we have a bit less of this high moral tone.

And what have these officials given us? Well, they were the architects of the euro, which is a complete disaster. Their obsession with global warming which chimes very strongly here means we are despoiling our landscapes and seascapes with these disgusting wind turbines and driving up energy prices. 

But never let it be said that I cannot acknowledge success when I see it. And I am sure the citizens of Europe will all clap and cheer loudly that the grave, mortal danger of olive oil in dipping bowls has been removed by the officials. Well done everybody.”
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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836)

Anderson was the first licensed female physician, as well as the first female mayor, in England. Denied admission by many medical schools, she studied privately with physicians before finally earning a license from the Scottish Society of Apothecaries. Largely as a result of her efforts, British examining boards later opened their examinations to women. Anderson championed the idea of medical care by female doctors for female patients. What was her New Hospital for Women later renamed?More… Discuss



Safer, More Accurate Prenatal Down Syndrome Test

Currently, definitive tests for Down syndrome in fetuseschorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis—are invasive and somewhat risky, carrying a one in 100 risk of miscarriage. Existing non-invasive preliminary tests are somewhat imprecise and call for further testing in 3 to 5 percent of pregnancies. By contrast, a simple new blood test that analyzes fetal DNA in maternal blood can detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome with a high degree of certainty and could reduce the need for these invasive procedures. More… Discuss

Rick Santelli & EU Insider Discuss Bilderberg Plot To Make EU Into Totalitarian Superstate

Published on May 16, 2013
May 16th

“These two meetings are going to be important because of what [the media] will say – is it a lot of jaw-jaw and everything will get worse? Or maybe it’s the beginning of a realisation that the world will no longer be the same and we are going to do something about it.”

A meeting in June in Europe of the Bilderberg Group – an informal club of leading politicians, businessmen and thinkers chaired by Mr. Davignon – could also “improve understanding” on future action, in the same way it helped create the euro in the 1990s, he said. 


“While members of the group held different views as to the method by which a common market could be set up, there was a general recognition of the dangers inherent in the present divided markets of Europe and the pressing need to bring the German people, together with the other peoples of Europe, into a common market. That the six countries of the Coal and Steel Community had definitely decided to establish a common market and that experts were now working this out was felt to be a most encouraging step forward and it was hoped that other countries would subsequently join it. The need was generally accepted to press forward with functional integration in the economic domain particularly with regard to the industrial utilization of atomic energy.

It was generally recognized that it is our common responsibility to arrive in the shortest possible time at the highest degree of integration, beginning with a common European market. It was also generally agreed that the tariff walls surrounding this common market should certainly not be higher and should possibly be lower than the average of the existing tariffs now applied by the individual countries concerned. “

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Bilderberg Has Press Thrown Out Of Hotel

Published on Jun 1, 2013

The Bilderberg Group ordered a hotel at which journalists from Infowars were set to stay to cover the organization’s secretive confab next week to cancel the reservations in an unprecedented attempt to block freedom of the press.

Alex Jones and his reporters all received phone calls from the Grove Hotel in Watford, England today informing them that their reservations — which ran until the day before Bilderberg are set to meet in the same location — had been cancelled.

The manager of the hotel informed us that due to “consultations with the security services” in preparation for a big conference taking place next week, all the rooms had been cancelled.

When asked if Jones and his crew were considered a “security risk,” the hotel manager responded “I’m not implying that,” suggesting that the rooms were cancelled simply because Bilderberg ordered the Grove to do so.

To be clear, Infowars reporters had not attempted to book rooms during the Bilderberg conference, this was days before the Bilderberg conference, and yet the rooms were still cancelled.http://www.infowars.com/bilderberg-ca…

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Democracy Now: American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries how big business has taken control of the U.S. Government

Democracy Now: American Fascism:  Ralph Nader Decries how big business has taken control of the U.S. Government

Democracy Now: American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries how big business has taken control of the U.S. Government

The Guardian: NSA’s Verizon surveillance – How the White House tramples our constitution

The Guardian: NSA's Verizon surveillance - How the White House tramples our constitution

The Guardian: NSA’s Verizon surveillance – How the White House tramples our constitution

This Day In the Yesteryear: FIRST ASCENT OF MT. MCKINLEY’S SOUTH PEAK (1913)

First Ascent of Mt. McKinley’s South Peak (1913)

With a summit elevation of 20,320 ft (6,194 m), Alaska’s Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. James Wickersham led the first recorded climbing attempt in 1903 but turned back at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). In 1910, a group known as the Sourdough expedition claimed to have summited its lower, northern peak. Three years later, explorer Hudson Stuck and three others made the first successful ascent of the South Summit—its true summit. How did Stuck’s ascent verify the Sourdough climb? More… Discuss




Neanderthal Skeleton, AMNH

Neanderthal Skeleton, AMNH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Neanderthal Tumor Highlights Cancer’s Long History

Many cancers today are attributed at least in part to pollutants in our environment, but the discovery of atumor in a 120,000-year-old fossilized Neanderthal rib highlights the fact that primitive humans were also susceptible to this disease despite living under considerably different conditions.

map of main sites where classical Neandertal f...

map of main sites where classical Neandertal fossil where found. Corrected Molodova to Molodovo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cancerous rib is the earliest known evidence of a tumor in the human fossil record, predating all previous finds by more than 100,000 years. More… Discuss