Ancient root eaters, copycat games and facing danger together in this week’s news

By Science News, 13:42 PM July 25, 2011

New World island roots
Prehistoric people who took sea voyages to an island 42 kilometers from California’s coast laid down offshore roots by eating some. Between about 11,500 and 3,000 years ago, residents of San Miguel Island ate carbohydrate-rich corms — energy-storage bulbs attached to certain plant roots. Soil samples from a cave occupied by early islanders contain corm fragments, report ethnoarchaeologist Seetha Reddy of Statistical Research Inc. in Woodland, Calif. and archaeologist...

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