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Frogs’ legs eaten in Mesolithic England

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The charred remains of a toad dinner, which date back 8,000 years, has been found a mile away from Stonehenge (which was built 5,000 years after the toad was eaten).

In April they discovered charred bones of a small animal, and, following assessment by the Natural History Museum, it has been confirmed that there is evidence the toad bones were cooked and eaten. “They would have definitely eaten the leg because it would have been quite big and juicy,” said Jacques.

The bones, from a Mesolithic site that Jacques is confident will prove to be the oldest continuous settlement in the UK, have been dated to between 7596BC and 6250BC.

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Story: Mark Brown, The Guardian | Photo: University of Buckingham/PA

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