Navigation Links
Teeth of Columbus' crew flesh out tale of new world discovery
Date:3/19/2009

MADISON The adage that dead men tell no tales has long been disproved by archaeology.

Now, however, science is taking interrogation of the dead to new heights. In a study that promises fresh and perhaps personal insight into the earliest European visitors to the New World, a team or researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is extracting the chemical details of life history from the teeth of crew members Christopher Columbus left on the island of Hispaniola after his second voyage to America in 1493-94.

"This is telling us about where people came from and what they ate as children," explains T. Douglas Price, a UW-Madison professor of anthropology and the leader of the team conducting an analysis of the tooth enamel of three individuals from a larger group excavated almost 20 years ago from shallow graves at the site of La Isabela, the first European town in America.

Price and colleague James Burton, in collaboration with researchers from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan in Mexico, are attempting to flesh out the details of a colony that lasted less than five years. The human remains used in the study were buried without the formalities of coffins or shrouds, and were excavated from what was once the church graveyard of the town Columbus established. Headstones and other identifying markers have long since faded to nothing or have been lost entirely during the 500 years since the bodies were first interred.

Despite its brief existence, historians and archaeologists believe La Isabela was a substantial settlement with a church, public buildings such as a customhouse and storehouse, private dwellings and fortifications. It is also the only known settlement in America where Columbus actually lived.

Although the town has been the subject of previous archaeological studies, the work by Price, Burton and their colleague Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina of the Autonomous University of the Yucatan is
'/>"/>

Contact: T. Douglas Price
tdprice@wisc.edu
608-262-2866
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Tooth Bank seeks milk teeth from 100,000 children
2. Presence of certain antibodies signals healthier teeth and gums
3. Little teeth suggest big jump in primate timeline
4. Scientists discover why teeth form in a single row
5. New insights into how lasers cut flesh
6. The worlds oldest bacteria
7. When bivalves ruled the world
8. Brains timing linked with timescales of the natural visual world
9. Amid spiralling government interest, worlds top 350 DNA barcode scientists meet in Taipei
10. Smithsonian scientists help lead effort to barcode worlds species
11. NASA celebrates a decade observing climate impacts on health of worlds oceans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... 2014 Nxt-ID, Inc. (OTCQB: NXTD), a biometric ... announced today that its shares of common stock and ... in its proposed underwritten public offering of common stock ... Nasdaq Capital Market, subject to closing of its proposed ... and will trade under the symbol "NXTD" and "NXTDW," ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... a previously unknown process for harvesting energy and producing ... Penn State University scientist has discovered. The discovery lays ... growth, harvesting energy from the Sun, and understanding dense ... other lakes worldwide. A paper describing the discovery will ... of the journal Science on 21 August ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... easy to ignore, but they are the ultimate source ... Humans are increasingly dependent on algae, too, to suck ... it to the bottom of the ocean. Now, by ... researchers have evidence showing that viruses infecting those algae ... even when all else stays essentially the same, and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Nxt-ID Approved for NASDAQ Capital Market Listing 2Nxt-ID Approved for NASDAQ Capital Market Listing 3Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis 2Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis 3Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate 2
... (hNoV), also known as the winter vomiting bug, is one ... virus is highly contagious, causing vomiting and diarrhea, and the ... cure; sufferers have to let the virus run its course ... is frequently associated with outbreaks of hNoV but it remains ...
... The human skin is home to countless microorganisms that we ... Our invisible passengers known as the skin microbiome - ... immune system, protecting us from pathogens, and mediating skin disorders. ... is transmitted between players in a contact sport, using roller ...
... in French . Researchers at the University ... discovered a new mechanism that allows some cells in our body ... by Roman soldiers depicted in the Asterix series. Collective cell migration ... but it is also used by cancerous cells to disseminate efficiently ...
Cached Biology News:What impact does a day of roller derby have on our skin microbiome? 2Asterix's Roman foes -- Researchers have a better idea of how cancer cells move and grow 2
(Date:8/21/2014)... Wednesday of last week RENU 28, the world's first and ... for purchase in Australia and New Zealand, and the response ... is, if you think about the definition of aging, it's ... within your body. If you think about the definition of ... What RENU 28 does is it works with these tiny ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Neurotrope, Inc. (OTCQB: NTRP) today announced ... provide an update on Company activities. Access information:Date:Tuesday, ... 505-4369 (U.S. and Canada) or (719) 325-2315 Conference ... under "Investor Relations"The teleconference replay will be available ... 2014 at (888) 203-1112 (U.S. and ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... wisdom that E&L studies should be performed late in ... system is known. But current regulatory trends suggest that, ... are on the rise. In recent years, multiple drug ... E&L packages or address specific questions during phase I/II. ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... August 20, 2014 One of ... medicine is an inadequate vascular supply. Nutrient and ... decellularized tissues is critical for successful regeneration and ... to mitigate deficiencies in vascularization and promote angiogenesis ... bioactivity, optimizing scaffold design and architecture, and enhancing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:RENU 28 Skin Care Now Available in Australia and New Zealand 2Neurotrope To Host Conference Call 2Are Extractable and Leachables going Phase-Appropriate? New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks 2Vascularization in Tissue Engineering Highlighted at 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science 2
... Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX, FSE: "HBP") announced ... in Germany to initiate its planned Phase II ... with low-grade cervical lesions.The clinical study was designed, ... on the absorption and elimination profile of Topical ...
... Percent of Outstanding Indevus Shares Have Been Accepted ... Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP ) announced today ... time, on March 13, 2009, approximately 71,008,964 shares ... were validly tendered and accepted for purchase in ...
... PortfolioNEW YORK, March 16 Samtheo Biopharma LLC ... subsidiary, Lyndor Biosciences LLC, with Moffitt Cancer Center, ... that selectively inhibits the activation of all three ... pathway has been found to play an important ...
Cached Biology Technology:Helix BioPharma Receives Approval to Initiate Phase II Pharmacokinetic Clinical Study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients with Low-Grade Cervical Lesions 2Helix BioPharma Receives Approval to Initiate Phase II Pharmacokinetic Clinical Study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients with Low-Grade Cervical Lesions 3Helix BioPharma Receives Approval to Initiate Phase II Pharmacokinetic Clinical Study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients with Low-Grade Cervical Lesions 4Helix BioPharma Receives Approval to Initiate Phase II Pharmacokinetic Clinical Study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients with Low-Grade Cervical Lesions 5Endo Pharmaceuticals Extends Subsequent Offering Period for Indevus Shares Until 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 2Endo Pharmaceuticals Extends Subsequent Offering Period for Indevus Shares Until 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3Samtheo Announces License Agreement with Moffitt Cancer Center for Exclusive Rights to Novel Akt Inhibitor 2Samtheo Announces License Agreement with Moffitt Cancer Center for Exclusive Rights to Novel Akt Inhibitor 3
Mouse monoclonal [1C6/2] to Rad17 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 5884 SwissProtID: Q9UPF5...
... Spin Columns contain a proprietary high-performance desalting ... desalting and protein-recovery characteristics compared to other ... as 25 g/ml of protein can be ... 95% retention of salts and other small ...
Rabbit polyclonal to VPAC2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 7434 SwissProtID: P41587...
... Immunogen: ... acids 22-37 SGHKSEEKREKMKRTL Antigen ... G-protein signalling; Antigen Subfamily: ... G-protein signalling Recommended Storage: ...
Biology Products: