Monday, May 18, 2009

Humans may have 'devoured' Neanderthals

"Neanderthals met a violent end at our hands and in some cases we ate them," says French fossil expert Fernando Rozzi. (Guardian) His conclusion is based on a jaw bone, in particular, and recently re-classified Neanderthal bones that have cut marks "similar to those left behind when flesh is stripped from deer and other animals using stone tools."

Not only does Rozzi believe we ate Neanderthals, he also speculates humans used Neanderthal body parts as trophies, even jewelry. Pretty bizarre. But not unheard of in the primate world (the part about eating each other). Recently, Pound360 posted on how even the most laid back of monkeys will hunt, kill and devour other primates.

The mystery of how Neanderthals were wiped out is "one of the most intriguing in all of human evolution." At one point, it was suggested
that cannibalism among the species led to their decline. Could it be that, not only were they eating each other, but humans were eating them, too? And wolves? Not sure Pound360 would have wanted to be a Neanderthal.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.