Analyzing tooth tartar to learn about ancient drug use

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/12/analyzing-tooth-tartar-to-learn-about-ancient-drug-use.html

hydroxyapatite—the main mineral in tartar

Tartar? I thought hydroxyapatite is what enamel was made of.

It was! But now it’s hydroxyapatite mixed with game pieces, iffy bird leftovers, sketchy coins, drugs, sriracha, post-its and fossil biofilm, like regrowing the original nervous and off habits from the remains.

Just working slowly toward finding the wary land with pristine temples of desks full of coke and awesome ideas…

those cadavers couldn’t be too ancient if they have heroine & cocaine residue.

Human beings use drugs, mostly for good reasons. We always have and we always will. I’m looking forward to reading this new book!