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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

Carbon-14 Dating Deposits from the Tatun Volcanic Group of Northern Taiwan

Published on September 3, 2010

To reconstruct the character and timing of the most recent eruptions of the Tatun Volcanic Group (TVG) of Northern Taiwan, geologists investigated the stratigraphy of the youngest volcaniclastic deposits and the morphology of lava flows and domes of the volcanoes. Read More