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    Lightbulb OT: Prehistoric beer

    Here's an interesting article (F. Wiens et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2008) 105:10426-31, "Chronic intake of fermented floral nectar by wild treeshrews") which you might not run across in everyday reading...

    To summarize,
    • There is a species of palm tree in Malaysia that smells like a brewery
    • In fact, the nectar of this palm actually ferments, right in the bud (max concentration about 3.8% alcohol)
    • There is a species of tree shrew for which the fermented nectar is a main food source (the shrew pollinates the palm in the process)
    • This particular species of tree shrew is believed to be the most like our earliest primate ancestor, dating back 55 million years ago (shrews, like apes, are primates)
    • Thus, going out for a beer predates the existence of humans


    Thirsty anyone?

    Grant
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    Grant Green ||| www.contrabass.com
    Sarrusophones and other seismic devices

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    Re: OT: Prehistoric beer

    "...the nectar of this palm actually ferments, right in the bud"

    This Bud's for you?

    - k
    "An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have, but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."

    - Andy Warhol

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    Lightbulb Re: OT: Prehistoric beer

    Quote Originally Posted by klassical View Post
    "...the nectar of this palm actually ferments, right in the bud"

    This Bud's for you?

    - k
    I knew someone would raise that. Only took 34 minutes: not bad
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    Grant Green ||| www.contrabass.com
    Sarrusophones and other seismic devices

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