Skip to comments.First evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel
Posted on 06/28/2020 12:17:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Human communities in the Levant at this time were known as Natufian. They were primarily hunters and foragers and are considered the first non-nomadic society; the semi-sedentary habits of Natufian culture were likely a precursor to humans settling down and becoming farmers.
At the el-Wad Terrace settlement, the site was densely layered with animal remains, of which "a high percentage" belonged to lizards and snakes, the researchers reported in a new study, published online June 10 in the journal Scientific Reports.
The quantity of squamate bones at the site was astonishing; that alone hinted at human consumption as a possible explanation, said lead study author Ma'ayan Lev, a doctoral candidate in archaeology at the University of Haifa in Israel.
"I have worked on various zooarchaeological assemblages and have not encountered such large numbers before," Lev told Live Science in an email.
Nearly 3,000 squamate remains mostly vertebrae were collected at el-Wad, making up about 33% of all the animal remains at the site. The most common squamate species was the legless European glass lizard (Pseudopus apodus), followed by the large whip snake (Dolichophis jugularis) the eastern Montpellier snake (Malpolon insignitus) and the common viper (Daboia palaestinae).
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Reptile vertebrae found at el-Wad Terrace cave in Israel. © Roee Shafir
IBTCC (In Before The Chicken Comparison)
Some poor chicken joke FReeper should have tried harder to lay it down in time.
People still eat them.
I guess alligators are giant water lizards.
> “First evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel”
My poor eyesight, before squinting, read the title as:
“First evidence that ancient humans ARE snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel”
My first thought was this was a slur on Israel.
My second thought was this could well-explain where Democrats come from.
They ate snakes and snails and puppy dog tails!
The other white meat. With rice as a side, not a bad meal. A bottle Franks reds sauce (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DWqgNlfzOs) is a plus factor.
Thus how the phrase Lizard Breath came into our language.
By that time fire was cooking meat.
So, rattlesnake (yum), frog legs and alligator tail would be a delicacy.
I’m guessing of course.
Well, they say that humans originated in Africa, and then emigrated to the rest of the world. These must have been the Chinese. They must have spent some time in the Middle East before moving further east.
They found an ancient piece of linen with some characters written on it. When they translated the inscription it simply said “Ranger”.
“First evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel”
Why wouldn’t they eat snakes and lizards? Humans are omnivores, we eat anything including bugs. Who approved this stupid thesis project?
It is my belief that “early humans” ate whatever they could get their hands on,
including each other if it came down to survival.
Lots of people still eat them
I guess this made him a Future Snake Eater, uh, PAST Snake Eater...
Iguana try that sometime.
anything this side of granite is food for humans.
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