Today’s athletes may be strong, but not in prehistoric women. They are harvesting and grinding grain every day. According to a new study in the journal science advances, the average woman living in agriculture was stronger than the modern women’s rowing champion 6,000 years ago.
Anthropology at the university of Cambridge in Cambridge university (Alison Macintosh) researchers Alison mackintosh (Alison McIntosh), said the study highlighted the prehistoric agricultural community on the size of the women’s work and women work for thousands of years history of hidden.
Previous studies have compared the bones of women with those of men, the researchers wrote in their study. They explained that men’s bones responded more strongly to stress than women’s bones, which led scientists to underestimate the authenticity and scale of physical labor in prehistoric societies.
In this study, the researchers used CT scan the arms and legs women alive is analyzed, with the 7400 and 3500 years ago the eu compared the lives of women, including early neolithic era of agriculture. The women in these lives were chosen to represent a range of physical activity levels, including runners, rowers, footballers and people living long lives.
The researchers found that early neolithic bones (women living between 7400 and 7,000 years ago) had the same strength as today’s female athletes. But even for women in the Cambridge women’s rowing team, prehistoric women were 11-16 per cent stronger than their bodies. They were also 30 per cent stronger than the non-athlete weapons analysed in the study.
Bronze Age women (4300 to 3,500 years ago) were more robust 9-13 per cent than OARS, but they also had 12 per cent legs.
Researchers suspect that the upper arm strength of early women comes from routine work. They could farm the land, harvest the crops by hand, and mill the flour. “For thousands of years, the grain between two great saddles will be ground by hand,” said McIntosh. “In some societies that still use saddles, women wear five hours of food a day.”
Women can also participate in the process of obtaining food and water for livestock, processing milk and meat, and converting animal skins and wool into textiles, processes that are expressed through various behavioral patterns. Before the plow was invented, the authors say, they also spent time planting, planting and harvesting crops.
According to megan tal, “we can begin to see, in the context of women, by explaining the female’s bone, their behavior is so dense, changeable and diligence, compare their bones characteristics and the movement of people – their lives level is known, these women often exercise of physical exercise (for example, in Cambridge, rowing athletes training twice a day, on average every week 75 miles).
“It’s easy to forget that a bone is a living tissue that responds to our body,” says McIntosh. The response and adaptation of the bones is to change the shape, curvature, thickness and density to change the physical impact and muscle activity of the matrix.
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The strength of the bones was influenced by other factors, including genes, nutrition and overall health, the Macintosh said. She says these differences between prehistoric women and modern women may affect some of the results, although behavior still leads to most of the differences we see.
“Our research shows that this kind of work may be more rigorous and intensive than most people who live in the sport,” McIntosh said. “Our work also highlights the dramatic changes in women’s daily activities that enable us to more broadly recognize the scale and change of women in their daily lives.”
In today’s industrial society, high-intensity physical activity is less common and easier to avoid. For the entire human being, the strength and mobility of the bones are affected by it. She said the study was an important reminder of important sports leisure and other aspects, as well as the importance of establishing and maintaining bone health in men and women.