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Tamed 11,400 years ago, figs were likely first domesticated crop

...ed in the region. The discovery dates domesticated figs to a period some 5,000 years earlier than previous...nter-gatherers." The researchers found nine small figs and 313 fig drupelets (a small part of an aggregate fruit such as a fig) at Gilgal I, a village in t...

Bats get the munchies too!

...tration of ethanol rises in fleshy fruits, such as figs and dates, as they ripen. Egyptian fruit bats prefer these fruits when they are ripe, however high concentrations of ethanol (around 1%) are toxic to the animals. Intoxicated bats may also be less able to respond to attacks from predators, and to avo...

Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine

... of castor oil and colocynth and bulk laxatives of figs and bran. Other references show that colic was treated with hyoscyamus, which is still used today, and that cumin and coriander were used as intestinal carminatives. Further evidence showed that musculo-skeletal disorders were treated with rubefac...

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