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(Yahoo)   Ancient humans dined on weird, spotted pigs. Modern day Brits dine on weird spotted dick   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 9
    More: Interesting, first humans, Nature Communications, Ancient DNA, Continental Europe, swines, huntergatherers, domesticated animals, Mesolithic  
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2013-08-27 05:35:35 PM
maybe the pigs were domesticated 500 years earlier then previous thought but the since the mcrib  or bacon double cheeeseburgers wasn't available nationwide i'd hardly call that dining on bacon
 
2013-08-27 05:58:51 PM
So does your mom
 
2013-08-27 05:59:39 PM
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2013-08-27 06:25:37 PM
English and pigs? Here's my favorite joke in abbreviated form.

One afternoon, Pole, Frenchman, Englishman walking country lane. Pig stuck head-first in fence. All three stare longingly at pig.

Pole: "I wish it was cooked."
Frenchman: "I wish it was a woman."
Englishman: "I wish it was dark."

Thank you.
 
2013-08-27 06:42:29 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: English and pigs? Here's my favorite joke in abbreviated form.

One afternoon, Pole, Frenchman, Englishman walking country lane. Pig stuck head-first in fence. All three stare longingly at pig.

Pole: "I wish it was cooked."
Frenchman: "I wish it was a woman."
Englishman: "I wish it was dark."

Thank you.


Will you be here all week? Should I tip my waitress?
 
2013-08-27 08:48:10 PM
Why link to a Yahoo reprint of a LiveScience article, and why didn't LiveScience link to the freely available Nature Comm article: "Use of domesticated pigs by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in northwestern Europe".

If you skim through the details in that paper you find:
"More surprising is the presence of three Ertebølle pigs from Grube-Rosenhof (specimens: E24, E44) and Poel (E69) from northern and northeastern Germany that possessed the Near Eastern haplotype Y1  This result indicates the presence of animals with an 'exotic' domestic origin in a hunter-gatherer context"

Their whole case for hunter-gatherer domestication is based on 3 examples.Those could have easily been feral pigs. (There are lots of wild feral pigs in the US descended from domestic pigs).

Or the pigs may have come from raiding. Throughout history there have been many cultures that subsist mainly through raiding sedentary farmers, and hunter-gathers were probably well suited for that.

In fact one theory of how cultures developed a hereditary ruling cast is the "protection racket" theory. Sedentary communities grew tired of losing their food and lives to raiders so they started paying them off. The raiders then established permanent settlements near several "client" communities  and evolved into the ruling class which were mainly parasitic other than protecting their territory from outside raiders.

The Vikings/Germanic-tribes have a long history of transitioning from raiding to kingships, including taking over the Western Roman Empire, founding Russia, and becoming the Norman royalty who conquered England.
 
2013-08-27 11:39:05 PM
British food or STD?
 
2013-08-28 09:36:19 AM
Spotted dick has a weird name but is awesome.
 
2013-08-28 06:34:33 PM
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