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Tortoise was on the menu for hominins 400,000 years ago

The remains of tortoises found at Qesem Cave in Israel suggest that early hominins cooked and ate them.

The remains suggest that the inhabitants sometimes roasted tortoises whole over a fire and sometimes butchered them first, Dr. Barkai said, adding, “Somehow they cut them with stone knives, and most probably into small pieces.”

Qesem Cave was discovered accidentally during a road construction project in 2000 and has proved to be a trove of ancient tools and fossils.

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Story: Sindya N. Bhanoo, NYT | Photo: Rina Castelnuovo, NYT

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