I’m currently working on an article that evaluates some of the broad-scale changes in health that have been associated with the increased dependency on farming over the course of human history*. While I am excited about the paper and its results, I have the sneaking suspicion that this optimism is entirely based on the fact that it has yet to be submitted or to receive reviewer feedback. As always, the peer-review process will likely cause me to re-evaluate the relative strength of my approach.
However, in the spirit of being completely and utterly focused on finishing my edits and submitting this paper (read: sitting on my couch hunched over my lap-top for the entirety of spring break), I am treating you all to a paleopathology-themed bone quiz. I am sure you will find it so exciting that you’ll be able to forget that you’re not going to Miami, or Puerto Rico, or anywhere else warm this week. And if you are going to Miami, Puerto Rico, or anywhere else warm, I don’t want to hear about it.
What I want from you:
4. Categorical Age (to the best of your ability);
5. What is going on with this bone, (pathology, trauma,results of alien abduction, etc.,) and how might you relate it to agriculture?
* Don’t worry. I’m not claiming to re-write Cohen and Armelagos 1984. Despite your well-founded misgivings, the paper title is not, in fact “Agriculture: Evidence Suggests it was a Pretty Big Deal”.
Image Credits: All photos were taken at the Museo de Jaén in Summer 2013, and are used with the permission of the Museum.