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samedi 1 août 2015

Did early humans eat their CHILDREN? 100,000-year-old thigh bones unearthed in China show signs of bite marks

According to the South China Morning Post, Li Zhanyang, the lead archaeologist who has been examining the bones, said there were 'signs of biting and gnawing' on the bones.

While the marks could have been left by carnivorous animals, they may also have been left by other early humans.
Speaking to the Guangming Daily, Mr Zhanyang added: 'The possibility of fellow hominds eating nutritious content from the bones could not be ruled out.'
The fragments of thigh bone were found at the same site as sixteen pieces of a skull which were found in 2008. They still bore traces of a fossilised membrane that surround the brain.

Archaeologists at the time said the skull appeared to have protruding eyebrows and a small forehead. It is thought to have belonged to young male, possibly a child.
Ancient stone tools and animal fossils were also discovered at the same site.
The discoveries provide crucial evidence in a controversial debate about whether much of China's population evolved there or are descended from Homo sapien's who migrated there.


Prehistoric humans living in a cave 14,700 years ago were cannibals and made cups from the skulls of the dead, a new study has found.
Researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and University College London have found evidence that the human bones found in Gough's Cave in Somerset had the flesh cut from them before being chewed and crushed.
They found tooth marks on many of the bones, which were discovered in the cave during excavations between 1880 and 1992.
Human skulls found in the cave had also been extensively shaped to create cups or bowls.
The archaeologists behind the study say the findings suggest people living in the late Ice Age indulged in ritual cannibalism, perhaps as a macabre way to revere their dead kin. 

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