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Radiocarbon Dating Lab Exhibits at 2010 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Published on October 20, 2010

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited radiocarbon dating lab Beta Analytic, Inc. invites geologists and other researchers to visit its exhibit at the 2010 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition from October 31 to November 3, 2010, in Denver, Colorado. Beta Analytic director Chris Patrick will be available at Booth 717 in the exhibit hall to answer questions about the lab's services and radiocarbon dating in general. Read More

Beta Analytic Co-Sponsors 2010 International Symposium on Foraminifera

Published on September 22, 2010

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic Inc. was one of the sponsors of FORAMS 2010, an international symposium on foraminifera. The event was held in Bonn, Germany, from Sept. 5 to Sept. 10, 2010, and was attended by more than 300 delegates from 45 countries. Read More

Artifacts in Belize Capture Extensive Salt-making Industry of Ancient Mayans

Published on September 17, 2010

Although abundant in the coastal areas of Belize, salt was a scarce resource in the inner cities of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala in ancient times. To reach these inland areas, researchers believe that salt was imported from the Yucatan coast; the manner of transportation, however, was not clear. During a systematic underwater survey of the Punta Ycacos Lagoon in 2004, researchers found an important piece of the puzzle - a wooden canoe paddle. Read More

Tracing the Decline of the Tundra Muskox

Published on September 11, 2010

The tundra muskox (Ovibos moschatus) nowadays is endemic to Greenland and the islands of the Arctic Archipelago. Studies show that these animals have notably low genetic diversity. According to researchers, this hasn't always been the case. Like other megafaunal mammals, the muskoxen thrived in Eurasia and North America before extinctions occurred 10,000 years ago around the time of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. The muskoxen in the late Pleistocene were also more genetically diverse than their modern counterparts. Read More

Rediscovering Trinidad and Tobago’s Ancient People

Published on September 9, 2010

Banwari Trace in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is recorded as one of the oldest pre-Columbian sites in the West Indies. Located in southwestern Trinidad, this is where the remains of the oldest islander, the Banwari Man, were discovered in 1969. Banwari Trace not only yielded an important icon of antiquity, it has also revealed the migration patterns of pre-ceramic peoples from mainland South America to the Lesser Antilles via Trinidad. Read More