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Neanderthals and early people for “fast food”, archaeologists shocked to discover – archeology

Much to his surprise, archaeologists have discovered that archaeologists and neanderthals living in southern Europe are rabbits and birds hundreds of thousands of years ago. It was not expected, they report in Science Advances on Wednesday. This is not to say Neanderthals and other saponification precursors had expansive diets including birds and rabbits wherever they were. But at least in eight places investigated in today's Spain, France and Italy, they had wider palate than was assumed. The place ranges from age 400,000 years ago to about 40,000 years ago. Why would archaic people invest in hunting rafting rabbits for such a small meal?Sgi Mgrizu The latter places were populated by Neanderthals. The earliest site the team controlled was Terra Amata, an outdoor place in Nice, France, with rabbit legs with cut and branded, dated to about 400,000 B.C.E. It wasn't just before Homo sapiens existed either, nor did Neanderthals exist. The former sites had apparently been occupied by a transitional form of hominin, possibly precursors to Neanderthals, perhaps Homo heidelbergensis author Prof. Eugene Morin of Trent University tells Haaretz. This means that a theory bridged in 2013 that the Neanderthals hungry for extinction, because they could not catch small, elusive and fast animals during famines seem to be very unlikely. Former ancestors of today's monkeys, monkeys and humans live on fruit, leaves, roots and bugs, which gorillas do for example to this day. They don't seem to have eaten meat at all or very little. But at that time australopithecines…

Much to his surprise, archaeologists have discovered that archaeologists and neanderthals living in southern Europe are rabbits and birds hundreds of thousands of years ago. It was not expected, they report in Science Advances on Wednesday.

This is not to say Neanderthals and other saponification precursors had expansive diets including birds and rabbits wherever they were. But at least in eight places investigated in today’s Spain, France and Italy, they had wider palate than was assumed. The place ranges from age 400,000 years ago to about 40,000 years ago.

The latter places were populated by Neanderthals. The earliest site the team controlled was Terra Amata, an outdoor place in Nice, France, with rabbit legs with cut and branded, dated to about 400,000 B.C.E. It wasn’t just before Homo sapiens existed either, nor did Neanderthals exist. The former sites had apparently been occupied by a transitional form of hominin, possibly precursors to Neanderthals, perhaps Homo heidelbergensis author Prof. Eugene Morin of Trent University tells Haaretz.

This means that a theory bridged in 2013 that the Neanderthals hungry for extinction, because they could not catch small, elusive and fast animals during famines seem to be very unlikely.

Former ancestors of today’s monkeys, monkeys and humans live on fruit, leaves, roots and bugs, which gorillas do for example to this day. They don’t seem to have eaten meat at all or very little. But at that time australopithecines ran around Africa a few million years ago, our ancestors seem to have developed infectious ways. Certainly when hominins reached Eurasia, they hunted.

In the case of Neanderthals, meat is considered to have resulted in up to 80 percent of their diet: they were probably the apex predator of the domain.

But the assumption had been that when Neanderthals and archaic human types were hunting, it was just too big a game: giant ponds, moms, deer, and so on. (Let’s not come sideways through the discussion of hunting for removal.) Much archaeological evidence – the discovery of slaughtered remains of large animals – has supported that view.

So the discovery was discovered by Morin and a French-American-Canadian law, that dogs and other gluttonous booties were usually slaughtered and cooked over fires in Europe hundreds of thousands of years ago, even though they are so difficult to catch and have so little meat. was pretty eyebrow-raiser. The arcs didn’t even have arrows yet.

Fleet Survival

At Terra Amata and the other (mostly coastal areas) in Spain, France and Italy, the main target animals were large as expected. But the team also found more evidence than expected that small, zippy animals were consumed.

“Throughout Europe, hominins and later the Neanderthals preferred to hunt for ungulates, including the northwestern Mediterranean region,” Morin said. “But in the northwestern Mediterranean, they also exploited small fast-paced games (dietary expansion) during periods of lack of food to improve their chances of survival.”

Elsewhere in Europe, the early humans have not been found to have strengthened their paleo cuisine with rabbits, Morin devised. In North Africa there were also rabbits and birds, but the archaeological record is too mockery for making generalizations, he adds. For nonce, at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco, where the remainder of Homo sapiens goes back 300,000 years, the evidence showed that their main target animals were gazelles “with occasional rodents, zebra and other games, and perhaps the seasonal ostrich eggs.”

It is one thing to spear a nice bulky moose. How much meat is there on a rat or rabbit? To catch one seems like a lot of free problems for very little meat, thus the surprise that the archaic hominins were also dependent on uncomfortable catching.

Okay, we’ve determined they did it somehow. Why do they do it, and how? “Here we are in the realm of speculation,” says Morin.

First of all, when looking at evidence over hundreds of thousands of years, resolution is a problem. It is possible that this southern European rabbit consumption varies, perhaps seasonally, perhaps mainly when the big game became sharp for whatever reason. In other words, in the context of famine, the archaic people may have been reduced to crafty snacks where they had a high “potential meeting frequency”.

“If archaic Homo hadn’t been ready to expand its dietary breadth during periods of food shortage, then they had systematically ignored rabbits and small fast games even when they were redundant, which was probably the case in the northwestern Mediterranean region” Morin points out.

As to how the archaic people captured the small animals, it is even more speculative. The arrow had not been invented yet, although raw spears had been. But it is not clear whether such early hominins had light spears which they could throw, as opposed to large spears that they would jaba into the booty.

But they caught their rabbits and rabbits, unfortunately the heidelberg and the Neanderthals were not raiding warrens. And how did the team beat this?


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“Our samples do not contain the children normally found in warrens,” replies Morin. “Spear hunting is an opportunity, but also snoring and catching. We cannot distinguish between these different procurement techniques at the moment.” It is a way of saying that we do not know how far back the catch goes.

To tell the difference between rabbits, remnants of hominin meals and rabbits flocking over and died in the public vicinity, or eaten by other predators, persist, the researchers note notes and burn marks on the bones and signs of marrow recovery in most of the sites, if not all sites. It should add that the researchers found that burns on the legs were common at the oldest site, Terra Amata. We do not know if the archaic hominins could still control fire, in the sense that they could light it. But they obviously had a good idea how to use it to cook rabbit rabbit.


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