Cost of radiocarbon dating
Hold off on the panic though; it’s still too early for researchers to say what the effects of microplastic consumption are, although preliminary studies in animals suggest that they can certainly cause harm.
In humans, though, it’s a bit harder to study because nearly everyone has microplastics in their bodies, so there’s no control group for comparison.
Bit by bit, it will break down and make its way back to us.
Flamingos are striking not only for their brilliant pink plumes, but for how they often stand on a single slender leg, even when asleep.
The latest such research also examines salt — an April study found microplastic particles in 16 of 17 brands of sea salt, and a recent article details more work in the same vein.