About 100 thousand years ago in territory of modern Europe and Central Asia lived the Neanderthals. Some scientists consider them to be our distant (but not direct) ancestors and constantly trying to figure out how you did each day. At the moment it is known that in those ancient times, people mostly just tried to survive — they were looking for habitable caves, made spears and hunted animals. If the homes of the Neanderthals and their methods of hunting we already know a lot, their diet is still poorly understood. Judging by their remains, they often ate the meat of large animals, but recently, scientists have discovered that they also ate fish. But they were caught and how they were influenced by a variety of food?
Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) extinct members of the genus of people who lived around 100 thousand years ago. Growth they were below us and had broad shoulders, and their life expectancy was about 20 years old. Neanderthals are not direct human ancestors, because we clearly there was another species of ancient human, which is not yet discovered.
The life of Neanderthals
According to the scientists found the remains of hundreds of thousands of years ago Neanderthals lived in caves located in Italy, Portugal, and other nearby countries. Their dwellings conditionally divided into three zones. The first was some semblance of a kitchen, which was dissected and consumed meat of dead animals. In the second zone have a fire — apparently, there are ancient people rested and slept. The third area was the workshop, which was made of wooden spears with stone arrowheads, axes and other necessary life tools.
Interesting fact: when the Neanderthals could not find for the life of the cave, they could build a shelter made of bones and skins of mammoths. A search of the home they had, because they constantly moved from one place to another.
Hunting of the ancient people
Since the ancient people had spears and axes, they could hunt bulls, rhinos, mammoths and even predatory lions and hyenas. However, since the ancient people were killing animals in melee, they were seriously injured or even killed. Sometimes their hunting was as open fields, and the rugged forests and mountains. Sometimes ancient people were lucky when they killed animals, caught in pits and swamps. Their sacrifices could not cause them much harm and they were left only to death to plug their bodies with spears.
Food of ancient people
Neanderthals were very intelligent, so able “properly” to cut the meat. First and foremost, using sharpened stones, they cut the skin of the slain animal out of it they made warm clothes. Then, using stone knives, the meat was cut into several pieces to make it easier to eat. The meat is consumed either in raw or toasted form and in most cases eaten within a couple of see that because ancient people did not know how to keep it fresh.
Previously, scientists have doubted it, but the last time there was a lot of evidence that Neanderthals ate seafood like fish, shellfish and crabs. This, at least, evidenced by the archaeological find on one of the coasts of Portugal. There scientists found many bones of different animals, among which were the remains of mollusk shells. As this pile of “garbage” was formed 86-106 thousand years ago, scientists assumed that she was abandoned by Neanderthals.
Such "piles of trash" left by Neanderthals, is the name of checkinteger. They are usually found near water bodies and represent the hills a height of several meters. In these heaps, scientists often find the bones of boars, deer and even fish.
After examining the remains, the researchers, led by archaeologist Juan Silanol found that the ancient people ate fish, sea birds, and even pine nuts. According to scientific publications ScienceAlert, seafood accounted for almost half of the diet of Neanderthals, that is, they were fed much the same as we are. At least, this assumption is important against the Neanderthals who lived on the territory of modern Portugal.
That Neanderthals could catch fish, scientists knew for a long time. In 1949, scientists have studied Italian cave Masserini and found at least 167 shells with sharpened edges. Among them were shells with smooth surfaces, so the explorers decided that they were produced by ancient people from the bottom of the sea. They, presumably, it was necessary to dive to a depth of from two to four meters, where they could catch fish. Also it could be that the fish they used sharpened spears.
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There is an assumption that if the Neanderthals didn’t eat seafood, the development of the human race would be happening much longer. Scientists believe that the information contained in seafood fatty acids had a positive effect on the brain of ancient people and gradually improved their mental abilities. It turns out that fish and other marine life indirectly influence the speed of human evolution.
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At the moment it is hoped that scientists will be able to uncover other interesting facts about the diet of our ancestors. But this would be quite difficult, because left near water “trash heap” of Neanderthals, scientists found very rarely. It is believed that this is due to the fact that these clusters of animal bones for thousands of years were simply washed away into the seas and oceans.