For as long as I can remember I’ve been an excited consumer of the efforts made by scientists to popularize their research and findings. This mainly translates to their TV documentaries made for the layman.* Nothing wrong with that. They’re usually greatly entertaining and filled with made up stories designed to illustrate a point and keep Joe everyaudience interested. They do however have a tendency to skip over methodology and details which I find equally if not more interesting, so I take notes whenever possible. Just in case something is glossed over.
That’s what led me to today’s advanced-tooth-gazing and microwear.**
It’s always inspiring to see how much information-teasing can be done from the barest of materials, like the tiny fragments of bone that tell of a creatures day to day survival. While most of the research I found on microwear was concerned with earlier hominids rather than the cavemen I used in the comic, the patterns mentioned are appropriate for homo erectus. And what is Homo Erectus if not the perfect crafty caveman?
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*I was going to use ‘Layperson’ here to avoid sexism, but it seemed unnecessarily distracting, so here’s a footnote instead.
** ‘Microwear’ it’s like underwear, but less!