How the sieve changed the skull (or not)

***Correction to this information - see bottom of blog*** Of all the nightmare fodder I shared on the last post, the question that came through the comments was about how food has changed skull shapes. Well, what can I say but that I am happy to help? Using my handy copy of Simon Mays' The Archaeology of Human Bones (pp,96-100) and the Colour Atlas of Human Anatomy (pp.14, 70) and a bit of a search on the web (as unfortunately the main references from Mays are behind paywalls), but with this handy paper by Rock, Sabieha and Evans, and a bit of thinking, I can give you this quick summary. Since neolithic times, we've been making life easier by making our food softer. Wolff's law says that bo

The Malice of Raspberry Seeds

Sorry for a period of quiet, I've had a bit of a tooth ache and been trying to book a visit to a dentist. It's all because raspberries are coming in season, and I've been enjoying Eton messes under the guise of healthy eating. (It's nothing to do with gnashing of teeth over the baffling election results... honest.) But that also means I've been jamming raspberry seeds in my perfectly shaped molar-dimple-raspberry-seed-receptacle - resulting in that jarring hellish sensation of teeth meeting in an unexpected way. Similar to M. R. James' tale of The Malice of Inanimate Objects, when a similar jarring is experienced on using stairs, and: "as age increases, the extra step on the staircase which