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Neanderthal diet revealed

Isotope composition research carried out the remains of neanderthals have revealed that their diets consisted of large plant eaters like mammoths and rhinos as well as plants. The paleo-diet is one of the new trends among nutrition-conscious people – but what exactly did the meal plan of our extinct ancestors include?

Easter Islanders didn’t eat much seafood

A study of teeth from 41 individuals whose remains were found on Easter Island has revealed that their diet was made up mostly of plants, rats and chickens. To determine the diet of its past inhabitants, researchers analyzed the nitrogen and carbon isotopes, or atoms of an element with different numbers

Neanderthals had well-balanced diets

The prevailing image of neanderthals is that they were dim-witted hunters who only ate meat and berries. However, new findings suggest they had a well-balanced diet consisting of birds, fish and plants. In addition to bones of deer, horses, cattle, rhinos and elephants, in Hardy's analysis of 182 stone artifacts found

Roman diet revealed in ancient septic tank

Analysis of a giant septic tank found at Herculaneum has revealed a lot about how the ancient Romans ate. Archaeologists found a treasure trove of everyday artefacts after digging up nearly 800 sacks of compacted human waste from the tank, which lies beneath the remains of a Roman apartment block in

X-rays reveal diet of ammonites

X-ray images taken of fossilized baculites are providing insight into how they lived. With no direct counterpart today, it has been difficult to nail down the ammonites' true place in the ancient food chain. But the analysis by Kruta and her colleagues indicates their ammonites would have dined on small organisms floating

Prehistoric diet: Meat and mush

Archaeologists in Utah have doscovered evidence of a dietary shift from meat to mush that occurred 11,000 years ago. Archaeologists and anthropologists at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, USA have been excavating the North Creek Shelter in that state and discovered what was for dinner there 11,000 years ago.

Neanderthals had strong bones

Neanderthal males has paticularly strong arms, most likely due to the hormones provided by an all-meat diet. Mednikova and her colleagues believe that "compared to anatomically modern humans, (both male and female Neanderthals) had a larger muscle mass and experienced a higher loading on the upper extremity than did Homo

Caveman diet included crocodiles

Apparently the caveman diet included eating crocodiles, which may have helped early humans evolve bigger brains. The work is based on bones and artifacts from a prehistoric "kitchen" that make up the earliest evidence that humans ate aquatic animals. Stone tools and the butchered bones of turtles, crocodiles, and fish