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'Paleo Ale' Brewed From Yeast Found On A 40-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil
Popular Science ^ | April Fools' Day, 2014 | Francie Diep

Posted on 04/19/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The beer will be called Bone Dusters Paleo Ale (Hardy har har [Okay, actually, "paleo ale" is pretty good]). The yeast come from the surface of one of the oldest marine mammal fossils ever discovered in the western hemisphere. The idea for the beer came from Jason Osborne, who co-directs a nonprofit dedicated to advancing paleontology and geology. A paleo beer, Osborne thought, would be a great hook to interest non-scientists in fossils. I think many non-scientists are quite interested in fossils already, but I cannot argue against a paleo beer.

Will whale-fossil beer really taste that different from other brews? Perhaps not. The species of yeast Osborne and his brewing partners found on their fossil was the same species that commonly goes into beer, bread and even scientific studies. The yeast's scientific name is Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The whale-fossil S. cerevisiae might have drifted over from another lab, if there was a yeast lab nearby. Scientists consider such yeast domesticated, like dogs and sheep are. Like pets and livestock, people have bred and worked such yeasts for thousands of years.

Wild Saccharomyces cerevisiae also exist, however. This 2005 study found that wild S. cerevisiae live in fruit and mushrooms and in liquid exuded from oak trees. Maybe the paleo ale's yeast came from somewhere out there in the wild world. If so, it might be interesting. The study found that wild Saccharomyces cerevisiae have greater genetic variation than the yeasts that are associated with human breweries and human labs.

We cannot tell. Perhaps you can. Bone Dusters Paleo Ale will soon be served at the taproom of the Lost Rhino Brewing Company in Ashburn, Virginia, Symbiartic reports.

(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ale; ashburn; beer; bonedusterspaleoale; franciediep; geology; godsgravesglyphs; jasonosborne; lostrhinobrewing; paleontology; popularscience; symbiartic; virginia; yeast; yeastl; zymurgy
photo of a Maiacetus inuus fossil display Early Whale Fossil Display This is not the fossil from which paleo beer will be made. It's from the same family as the beer fossil, but not the same genus or species. Photo by Cliff on Flickr, CC BY 2.0

photo of a Maiacetus inuus fossil display Early Whale Fossil Display This is not the fossil from which paleo beer will be made. It's from the same family as the beer fossil, but not the same genus or species. Photo by Cliff on Flickr, CC BY 2.0

1 posted on 04/19/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s just like the ale my grandpappy made.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 2:42:56 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m thinkin’ that this stuff might be what killed that whale. ;’)


3 posted on 04/19/2014 2:43:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hmm...looks like it might have a little bite to it.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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5 posted on 04/19/2014 2:44:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv


6 posted on 04/19/2014 2:44:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Billthedrill

It left that fossil a shell of its former self.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 2:45:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
"How did the zombie apocalypse begin?"
"Well, it started with the ale. People thought it would be interesting. The yeast is old, they said. Maybe it will make interesting ale, they said. What could go wrong, they said. I guess the ale was tasty, because soon everybody was drinking it. And then they all began to change ..."
8 posted on 04/19/2014 2:45:58 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SunkenCiv

So why was the whale drinking?


9 posted on 04/19/2014 2:48:32 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

His wife.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 2:53:29 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: Beowulf9

He couldn’t chew, all his teeth had fallen out.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 2:58:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Kind of a “12 Monkeys” thing, but with beer and no extinction. Oh, and zombies. I like it.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll leave the Paleo Ale to Pat Buchannen and his crew. I’m strictly a Neo Ale person.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 3:17:14 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JoeProBono

For stone-aged guys, they sure had a lot of unexplained technology, like glassmaking...


14 posted on 04/19/2014 3:17:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

40 million years, exactly? Not even a year more or a year less? There is no experiment that can prove the yeast was found on the bone and where it came from. This is just hype.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 3:27:38 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: SunkenCiv
A paleo beer, Osborne thought, would be a great hook to interest non-scientists in fossils.

Beer and wet t-shirt contests do help attract new fans.

16 posted on 04/19/2014 3:30:07 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: SunkenCiv
I’m thinkin’ that this stuff might be what killed that whale. ;’)

It could have killed off most of the fish, maybe even the dinosaurs.

17 posted on 04/19/2014 4:14:40 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ansel12

(’:


18 posted on 04/19/2014 4:26:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

And then they all began to change ...”


People’s foreheads started shortening. Their hair turned to ginger, their jaws protruded. They became ripped like that early AM infomercial exercise guy. They started reading the NYT and dragging the ole lady around by the hair. They started using baseball bats on the TSA. They pushed virgins off of dams. They topped their fish tacos with Vagisil in vain.

[Just to continue the storyline]


19 posted on 04/19/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: SunkenCiv
Bring us some FRESH beer

20 posted on 04/19/2014 5:54:35 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

:’)

https://www.google.com/search?q=absent+minded+waiter


21 posted on 04/19/2014 7:30:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mountainlion

Probably the bones of the guy who cooked it and tried to eat it just didn’t survive. ;’)


22 posted on 04/19/2014 7:31:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fungi

Agree. It would be more interesting if it were a yeast cultured from a shipwreck’s wine amphorae or from ancient beer kegs discovered in the cold depths of the Baltic, or just about anything but on a bone.


23 posted on 04/20/2014 2:13:44 AM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: SunkenCiv

24 posted on 04/20/2014 2:18:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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