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We ate meat 1.5m years ago

Humans may have started eating meat as long as 1.5 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

The evidence is in the form of a child's skull fragment showing abnormalities linked to anaemia caused by a lack of B-vitamins, said Spanish researchers.

It suggests that when the child was alive, around 1.5 million years ago, meat-eating was common enough to result in nutritional deficiency if it was lacking.

The child fossil, from an early human species such as Homo habilis or Homo ergaster, was discovered at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

Three killed in mine collapse

Three miners in Guyana were killed when the walls of the open pit mine they were working in collapsed, burying them in tons of mud and sand.

Police said the deaths of the three gold miners occurred in the western Cuyuni region near the border with Venezuela. Two other men were rescued.

Guyana's small-scale mining industry has expanded rapidly to capitalise on high gold prices.

Snake posion

is a painkiller

Pain relieving compounds as strong as morphine have been extracted from the venom of the black mamba, one of the world's deadliest snakes.

Injecting the chemicals, called mambalgins, into mice produced powerful pain relief without serious side effects., French scientists found

Mambalgins shut down acid-sensing ion channels, which are specific to sensory neurons, to block pain signals.

A sticky end for syrup heist

POLICE in Canada have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup in New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the theft of millions of dollars' worth of syrup in Quebec.

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers reported large quantities missing last month when they found empty barrels at a site of the province's global strategic reserve.

The shipment of the pancake-topper was last night making its way back to Quebec in a heavily guarded convoy of 16 trailer-loads.