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Early Pacific lifestyles research broadcast across the Pacific

Thursday 30 January 2020 2:07pm

Green fern thumbSPAR Senior Laboratory Analyst, Monica Tromp's dental calculus research attracted interest from ABC Radio Australia and she was interviewed for the Pacific Mornings programme.

She describes her work investigating microparticles found in dental calculus that provide insight into food and activities of ancient Pacific cultures. 

Listed to her interview with presenter Anthony Stewart:
According to fossilised teeth Vanuatu's first settlers brought bananas with them (ABC, Australia)

Read her post with more about her work:
From the mouths of ancient Pacific pioneers come tantalising tales of the past

Read the publication in Nature Human Behaviour:
Exploitation and utilization of tropical rainforests indicated in dental calculus of ancient Oceanic Lapita culture colonists