Friday, February 6, 2015

In the News: Under the Sea

Fig.1. This blue crab’s ancestors might have been food for Native Americans and early colonists in North America (Credit: Tonya Lane Rucker/ flickr)

Crabs, mollusks, deep-sea life, oh my! For this week’s #FollowFriday, the ocean takes the spotlight in scientific research. Read about new ways to approach archaeological sites, medical databases, and more:

  • Old Bay seasoning might not have been used in 1,200 B.C., but blue crabs were certainly eaten in the Chesapeake Bay area around that time. New archaeological surveys overturned a long held belief about the diets of Native Americans and early colonists: “American Indians, Colonists Had Healthy Appetite For Crabs, Study Shows,” Smithsonian News (1 February 2015)

  • Studies like these lead to all kinds of new hypotheses where being able to go back to a sample archive could be greatly beneficial:“Networks Reveal The Connections of Disease,” Quanta Magazine (29 January 2015)

1 comment :

  1. To researching in the deep-ocean organisms can not only fulfill our curiosity about ancient people, but also can contribute a lot to bioinformatic analysis.