Skip to comments.Was ancient Cypriot cave a prehistoric diner?
Posted on 08/19/2009 11:39:46 AM PDT by decimon
Thousands of prehistoric hippo bones found in Cyprus are adding to a growing debate on the possible role of humans in the extinction of larger animals 12,000 years ago.
First discovered by an 11-year-old boy in 1961, a tiny rock-shelter crammed with hippo remains radically rewrote archaeological accounts of when this east Mediterranean island was first visited by humans.
It has fired speculation of being the first takeaway diner used by humans to cook and possibly dispatch meat. It also adds to growing speculation, controversial in some quarters, that humans could have eaten some animals to extinction.
(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...
Greek diner ping.
Atkins Diet ping
Those pesky humans. Always eating to survive. Fred Flinstone’s fault.
Umm, don’t we still have hippos?
I don't. Probably not the average Cypriot either.
Obviously I meant the planet.
Oog want fries wid dat?
Jeez-burger, jeez-burger, jeez-burger...
I don't know that there are pygmy hippos and this type of pygmy hippo is said to be extinct.
I think I'll go for the pastichio. Great with ground pygmy hippo.
What did they call a Big Mac?
Thanks decimon.Thousands of prehistoric hippo bones found in CyprusIn before the gratuitous closeup pics of you-know-who.
· Discover · Nat Geographic · Texas AM Anthro News · Yahoo Anthro & Archaeo · Google ·
· The Archaeology Channel · Excerpt, or Link only? · cgk's list of ping lists ·
Man, I was JUST going to post that picture! LOL That’s the first thing I thought of too! :)
“These were pretty sophisticated people. Certainly if they could figure out how to navigate the Mediterranean, even at a small distance, they knew what they were doing.”
Right. I hold to the theory that they used Cyprus as a breeding farm for pygmy hippos, much in the way that Tyson raises gazillions of chickens.
Then the owners of the factory or even retail customerscould come to the island and pick up their meat requirements either on the hoof or packaged into cuts of meat of their choice.
Certainly the storage of large numbers of bones gives credence to the hippo factory theory.
No Coke, Pepsi!
The crossing isn’t that short, but an aceramic culture crossed over about 8000 years ago, bringing their semi-domesticated mainland animal species with them.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.