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Just Bones In The Dirt?

National Geographic: Where you grew up, what you ate - your bones record your life

"Archaeologists use isotopic analysis to determine population movements and diets from chemical signatures in ancient human remains."

A recent article in National Geographic explains how we can learn an awful lot from what Mister Kent Hovind shrugs off as just "bones in the dirt." It is one of his most popular rehearsed lines and he brings it up almost any time someone mentions a fossil, especially a hominid fossil. Here are some of the things we may be able to learn from a single early human fossil:

Where they lived

How long ago they lived

What the environment was like then

How old they were when they died

Cause of death

What their diet consisted of

Whether they lived in the same region all their life or migrated

Whether they were a hunter/gatherer or relied on agriculture

If they suffered from disease

"Strontium isotopes are absorbed into teeth during their creation, creating a snapshot of sorts of where an individual lived during their childhood. But bone cells turn over constantly, gathering strontium signatures that reflect where individuals lived later.

Comparing the two can reveal movement over an individual’s lifespan or show that an individual wasn’t born at the site at which they were recovered. And nitrogen isotopes can reveal how old a child was when he or she started eating solid foods."

Sometimes through DNA analysis we can tell if the individual had traits that were passed on to future generations. There is so much we can learn by what some just dismiss as "bones in the dirt." Don't be fooled by rehearsed nonsense, he seems to believe if he repeats it often enough it will be true. 

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