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Neanderthals ate fish

New evidence suggests that Neanderthals, who were previously thought to have lived off of large mammals, caught and ate fish.

There, the bone fragments of large salmon, migrating from marine water to their freshwater spawning places, were found in the Middle Palaeolithic archaeological layers, dated to around 42 to 48,000 years ago, and probably deposited by Neandertals. Such remains suggested that fish was consumed by these archaic Humans. However, large carnivores, such as Asiatic cave bears (Ursus kudarensis) and cave lions (Panthera spelaea) were also found in the cave and could have brought the salmon bones in the caves.

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Story: ScienceDaily | Photo: H. Bocherens/University of Tübingen

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