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Kristina Killgrove is a semi-retired anthropologist and writes for outlets such as Forbes, Mental Floss, and Smithsonian Magazine,
Bird poop has been a favored fertilizer for centuries—and, it turns out, is an excellent preserver of human flesh.
This list is for the more macabre among you.
Medicine and fashion may have collided in this tuberculosis treatment.
Nicknamed Ötzi the Iceman, the mummified man was around 40–50 years old when he died in the Copper Age. Here are 13 surprising facts about Ötzi.
Researchers analyzed 20 sets of human remains from one of the many workhouses where entire families were institutionalized—and made to work long hours—as a "remedy" to poverty.
The combination of cool climate and anoxic water in these northern bogs makes conditions right for long-term preservation.
The mysterious Antikythera mechanism—sometimes called 'the world's first computer'—has fascinated scholars for decades.
Porpoise porridge, anyone?
The ravages of "phossy jaw"—necrosis of the jaw bone caused by phosphorus poisoning—may have been discovered in a young teenager's remains.
And when did women and babies start surviving it?
The emperor Vespasian reportedly defended his tax on urine by saying "pecunia non olet"—money doesn’t stink.
Bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove writes for mental_floss about her research on skeletons from Rome, just published today.