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Million-Year-Old Cannibals Took Advantage of the Easy Calories

May 12, 2019 - General
Reproduction of a prehistoric cave painting showing hominins hunting

Research scientists have discovered that almost one million years ago an ancient human relative, Homo antecessor, ate humans “in preference” to other animals.

Inhabiting hunting planes in what is today Spain some 900,000 years ago, Homo antecessor hunted and ate their own kind, providing scientists with the oldest evidence of cannibalism. These shocking findings were published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Human Evolution and the paper suggests human flesh was “nutritious” and that humans were “easier targets than other types of large prey.”

Jesús Rodríguez, Ana Mateos and Guillermo Sorrel, scientists at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), analyzed the cannibalistic behavior of our million year old ancestors from evidence gathered at the Spanish archaeological site Gran Dolina. The bones of seven Homo antecessor individuals were found to have “human tooth marks” and fractures that were caused to expose the bone marrow.


Source: origins

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