SoT 184: Bone Wars

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Sam Arman

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After more than a hundred years, Brontosaurus is a dinosaur again. And once again, taxonomy is hard.

The Dutch are the tallest people on the planet, but it wasn’t always so. The average adult height in the Netherlands has increased by 20 centimetres in the past 150 years, and a new study looks at the possible reasons why.

A one thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon recipe for a treatment for an infected eyelash follicle has been found to be surprisingly effective against the superbug MRSA.

The remarkably complete skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy” is probably the world’s most famous early human fossil. But a new look at the skeleton has found that the skeleton isn’t all Lucy – one bone seems to be from a baboon.