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Ancient Urine Tracks Human History

The Aşıklı Höyük site in Turkey, where researchers have studied urine salts to estimate human and...
The Aşıklı Höyük site in Turkey, where researchers have studied urine salts to estimate human and animal populations over time(Credit: Güneş Duru)

One of the most important transitions in human history was when we stopped hunting and gathering for food and instead settled down to become farmers. Now, to reconstruct the history of one particular archaeological site in Turkey, scientists have examined a pretty unexpected source – the salts left behind from human and animal pee. read more