Neanderthals Are Their Veggies Study

first_imgThe world was a prehistoric salad bar for our pals, the Neanderthals. New evidence contradicts previous speculation that our ancestors subsisted entirely on a diet of meat. Researchers have discovered evidence of plant material on the early humans’ teeth.“We have found pollen grains in Neanderthal sites before but you never know whether they were eating the plant or sleeping on them or what,” scientist Alison Brooks told the press. “But here we have a case where a little bit of the plant is in the mouth so we know that the Neanderthals were consuming the food.”The discovery calls into question the extinction of mammoths at the ice age as the primary cause of the Neanderthal die out.last_img