Ancient Americans

Is the New World older than we think? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Land Ho! Finally arrived on this brand new continent we’re calling “America”! But… there’s people here already…. When did THEY get here? Ciprian Ardelean of the University of Exeter, UK, and his international

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Secret Ancestry

Where does YOUR family tree begin? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We are ALL homo sapien. AKA human! Two-million years ago, humans didn’t live all over the planet. Scientists believed our ancestors, homo erectus, came from EAST Africa. Until now… Let’s travel to Drimolen Main

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Dairy Farm

Do you want CHEESE on those chili fries? Sounds tempting, but argh, the lactose. . . This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cheese, ice cream, whipped cream! SO delicious – but not everyone can digest dairy products. Northern Europeans, however, don’t seem to have a

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Gum Genealogy

What can chewing gum reveal about YOU? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Yuck, nothing worse than finding old gum on your shoe! Unless you’re an archaeologist… Hannes Schroeder at the University of Copenhagen thinks GUM is as good as gold! His team discovered chewed

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Hobbit Miss-tery

News flash! Hobbits are real! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, taking you to Indonesia’s Flores Island. In 2003, archeologists unearthed a fossilized female skeleton there. The ancient human was only three feet tall. But she was an adult, so the scientists dubbed her “the

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Cavemen Go Green

Did Wilma have to remind Fred to sort the recycling? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Life wasn’t easy four hundred thousand years ago. There was no Cave Depot! What to do when your sharp rock breaks? Recycle it! Archaeologists recently found that early humans

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Bite Me

To live or to die…? Depends on your. . . teeth? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. One hundred and eighty million years ago, gigantic marine reptiles ruled the seas. Then, water levels began rising… dramatically! Not all seafaring reptiles could adapt. So, who survived

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The Tooth is Out There

Hey…do I have something in my teeth? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dental records are often used for identification. What other tales can our teeth tell about us?? Christina Warinner at the Max Planck Institute and fellow researchers picked through some plaque history. While

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Very Special Specialists

You are special – yes you are! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Animals evolved to specialize for life in their environment. For example, polar bear fur is designed for life in the Arctic. Those warm coats would be sweltering in the desert! But we

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Life Before Tequila

Before there was Tequila, there was … pulque? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and possibly the earliest alcohol of Mesoamerica: Pulque. Like Tequila, pulque is distilled from the sap of agave plants. The Aztecs drank it in the 1400s. And it’s still consumed in

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