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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, March 24

It wasn't intentional but very nearly all of our stories today involve food. Read about the revolution of "cutting meat," the development of the modern Japanese diet, and more in today's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Today, meat is a largely give-or-take part of our diet, at least in rich countries like the United States. But it wasn't always so. Indeed, the development of specialized tools to cut meat might have played an important role in our cognitive development.

Because we don't have any living specimens (besides birds that is) to examine, it's often difficult for scientists to evaluate the physiology of dinosaurs. But it's not impossible. Gizmodo's Esther Inglis-Arkell examines how paleontologists evaluate if a tyrannosaur is pregnant.

Want to dye Easter Eggs? Whether you're Christian or not many people love going on Easter Egg hunts or simply coloring eggs for fun. If you want to do it with as few artificial ingredients as possible, Herbal Academy has some tips for you.

When people talk about modern food they tend to embrace one of two viewpoints: either modern food is a vast improvement over its predecessors or it's ruining our lives. The truth, however, as this article at Grist explains, is a bit more nuanced.

We usually think of traditional food is something that's static and unchanging. That's especially true when it comes to the food of other cultures, like Japanese cuisine. But in fact, some of what we consider traditional is quite modern. Scientific American examines how the modern Japanese diet emerged over just the last half century and how it's benefited the nation.

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