Axar.az
UP

Neanderthals 'self-medicated' for pain

Home page Science
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth.

One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may also have been using penicillin, long before antibiotics were developed.

The evidence comes from ancient DNA found in the dental tartar of Neanderthals living about 40,000 years ago in central Europe. Microbes and food stuck to the teeth of the ancient hominins gives scientists a window into the past.

By sequencing DNA preserved in dental tartar, international researchers have found out new details of the diet, lifestyle and health of our closest extinct relatives.

"Their behaviour and their diet looks a lot more sophisticated and a lot more like us in many ways," said Prof Alan Cooper, director of the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.
"You know, we've got a guy self-medicating either because he's got a dental abscess, which was bad, or a nasty gastrointestinal parasite, which was also bad, either way he wasn't a happy guy.
"And, here he is eating aspirin and we're finding penicillin mould in him."

Date
2017.03.10 / 22:59
Author
Axar.az
Comments
Memorial Zefer
See also

Azerbaijani citizen steps on mine in Fuzuli

11 people detained in Syria were brought to Azerbaijan

It's time to open a new page - Erdogan

First case of monkeypox was registered in Ireland

Blinken congratulated Azerbaijan: We are proud!

Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens

It's time to open a new page - Erdogan

Winners were awarded at Technofest Azerbaijan

There are two more examples: My brother and I!

Russia used Zircon: "Target" hit

Latest
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla