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INSIDE THE NEWS -- Toothpick Number 1

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

 

The press release from the University of Arkansas says it all:

Peter Ungar, associate professor of anthropology, will present his findings on the oldest evidence of toothpick use, extracted from a tooth unearthed in excavations at the gorge, at the American Association of Physical Anthropology annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, April 13.

This is a big find. And like many important discoveries, it points the way toward even more compelling research that needs to be done. We invite you to join us in one such endeavor.

Look for a Toothpick in a Haystack

We hope to compile a comprehensive list of the earliest evidence of use of toothpicks at various locales.

If you have evidence of the earliest toothpick use at your city, town, school, workplace, palace, or place of incarceration, please send it to us at:

Toothpick Pre-History Project
C/o Annals of Improbable Research (AIR)
PO Box 380853
Cambridge MA 02238 USA
<marca@chem2.harvard.edu>

 

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