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Neanderthals ate shellfish 150,000 years ago: study
http://www.physorg.com ^ | 09-15-2011 | Staff

Posted on 09/15/2011 7:42:53 AM PDT by Red Badger

Neanderthal cavemen supped on shellfish on the Costa del Sol 150,000 years ago, punching a hole in the theory that modern humans alone ate brain-boosting seafood so long ago, a new study shows.

The discovery in a cave near Torremolinos in southern Spain was about 100,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence of Neanderthals consuming seafood, scientists said.

Researchers unearthed the evidence when examining stone tools and the remains of shells in the Bajondillo Cave, they said in a study published online in the Public Library of Science.

There, they discovered many charred shellfish -- mostly mussel shells -- left by Neanderthals. They were able to date the shells by radiocarbon testing to about 150,000 years ago.

That is "almost contemporaneous" to the earliest evidence of modern humans eating shellfish at Pinnacle Point in South Africa 164,000 years ago, said the study led by the University of Seville's Miguel Cortes Sanchez.

"This discovery makes the Bajondillo Cave the oldest record of this activity among Neanderthals, as the earliest evidence until now did not go back further than 50,000 years," said Francisco Jimenez Espejo, researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which was part of the study.

"Many researchers argue that eating shellfish is one of the behaviours that define modern humans and to a certain extent an adaptive advantage that allowed homo sapiens to expand," Espejo said.

"But this investigation shows that at the same time as homo sapiens in southern Africa, homo neanderthalensis in the southern Iberian peninsula used the same resources."

The study was released Wednesday and is available online at: http://www.plosone … #authcontrib


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: caveman; dietandcuisine; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals
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Didn't say whether they had mango salsa or not.......

1 posted on 09/15/2011 7:42:59 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping!...........


2 posted on 09/15/2011 7:43:41 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Duh.

Hunter gatherers would have eaten anything that didn’t eat them first. It don’t get much easier than shellfish.


3 posted on 09/15/2011 7:46:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

4 posted on 09/15/2011 7:49:04 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger
Neanderthal cavemen supped on shellfish on the Costa del Sol 150,000 years ago...

And Neanderthals still do. I was there a number of years back and the Spaniards still ate them.


5 posted on 09/15/2011 7:53:54 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Red Badger
Aquatic ape hypothesis
6 posted on 09/15/2011 7:54:51 AM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Red Badger
and where are the Neanderthals now you ask?

Consumer Advisory Warning: eating raw or undercooked beef, eggs, poultry, pork, or shellfish may increase your risk for foodbourne illness

7 posted on 09/15/2011 7:59:09 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: Red Badger

Everybody SING now!
"Welllllll....
the fossils date the rocks
and the rocks date the fossils
and the fossils date the rocks, again!"

8 posted on 09/15/2011 7:59:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Red Badger

To tell the truth, most scientists working on this type of cra* are nothing but scam artists looking for grant money. They can take all their degrees and put it in a little “cave”.


9 posted on 09/15/2011 8:01:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: MrB

So it was a red tide that contaminated the shell fish and wiped out the Neanderthals. The red tide was obviously from human pollution so there you go.


10 posted on 09/15/2011 8:04:28 AM PDT by Any Fate But Submission
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To: Red Badger

What is so surprising about this? Why would anyone suppose that Neanderthals would not eat shellfish? Hunting and gathering people will eat just about anything they can find, and mussels are very tasty, and full of good nutrients. They are also easy to prepare.

Directions for preparing mussels (from an old Neanderthal recipe):
1. Find mussels, Bring them back to cave or hut.
2. Have wife built fire.
3. Throw mussels around edges of fire.
4. When mussel shells open up, mussels are cooked — enough. Retrieve them, and when they are cool enough, eat them.


11 posted on 09/15/2011 8:17:01 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: NativeSon

But they didn’t know about months with an ‘R’ in them because months hadn’t been invented yet!...............


12 posted on 09/15/2011 8:17:43 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger
I thought that radiocarbon dating was only good for 50k years.
13 posted on 09/15/2011 8:19:25 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Boy, those eyes are piercingly evil-looking.


14 posted on 09/15/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: mountainlion

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0024026#authcontrib

They also used Uranium and Thorium dating.......

And Speleothem Dating

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speleothem


15 posted on 09/15/2011 8:33:41 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: docbnj

What is ‘fire’?.................


16 posted on 09/15/2011 8:34:25 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger
There, they discovered many charred shellfish — mostly mussel shells — left by Neanderthals. They were able to date the shells by radiocarbon testing to about 150,000 years ago.

I guess this part is wrong then.

17 posted on 09/15/2011 8:47:36 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: mountainlion

clam bake!


18 posted on 09/15/2011 8:50:48 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam

clam bake!

They must have really like them to walk thousands of miles to get them.


19 posted on 09/15/2011 8:52:22 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: mountainlion

Partially. Journalists don’t take science classes..........


20 posted on 09/15/2011 8:52:28 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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