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First evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards is unearthed in Israel
Live Science ^ | June 25, 2020 | Mindy Weisberger

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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; daboiapalaestinae; dietandcuisine; dolichophisjugularis; epipaleolithic; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; huntergatherers; malpoloninsignitus; natufians; piltdownman; pseudopusapodus; squamate; storkzilla; terriblelizardeaters
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Reptile vertebrae found at el-Wad Terrace cave in Israel. © Roee Shafir

© Roee Shafir

1 posted on 06/28/2020 12:17:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

IBTCC (In Before The Chicken Comparison)


2 posted on 06/28/2020 12:19:29 PM PDT by CatOwner
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Jim Stafford - Spiders and Snakes (1974)

Jim Stafford - Spiders and Snakes (1974)

3 posted on 06/28/2020 12:20:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: CatOwner
Some poor chicken joke FReeper should have tried harder to lay it down in time.

4 posted on 06/28/2020 12:21:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...

5 posted on 06/28/2020 12:21:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

People still eat them.

I guess alligators are giant water lizards.


6 posted on 06/28/2020 12:24:24 PM PDT by yarddog ( For I am persuaded.)
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To: SunkenCiv

> “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.


7 posted on 06/28/2020 12:25:16 PM PDT by Hostage (Article V)
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To: SunkenCiv

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-chunk-fossilized-human-poop-contains-remains-whole-rattlesnake-180972033/


8 posted on 06/28/2020 12:26:16 PM PDT by Smellin Salt
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To: SunkenCiv

They ate snakes and snails and puppy dog tails!


9 posted on 06/28/2020 12:27:55 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: SunkenCiv

(yawn)

iguana

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.


10 posted on 06/28/2020 12:34:40 PM PDT by ASOC (Having humility really means one is rarely humiliated)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thus how the phrase Lizard Breath came into our language.


11 posted on 06/28/2020 12:34:58 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's for sureexist)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hi.

By that time fire was cooking meat.

So, rattlesnake (yum), frog legs and alligator tail would be a delicacy.

I’m guessing of course.

5.56mm


12 posted on 06/28/2020 12:35:13 PM PDT by M Kehoe (DRAIN THE SWAMP! Finish THE WALL!)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


13 posted on 06/28/2020 12:35:40 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Mocking Liberals is not only a right, but the duty of all Americans.)
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To: SunkenCiv

They found an ancient piece of linen with some characters written on it. When they translated the inscription it simply said “Ranger”.


14 posted on 06/28/2020 12:37:44 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: SunkenCiv

“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?


15 posted on 06/28/2020 12:38:52 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (In America 2.0, blacks are sacred and can do no wrong.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It is my belief that “early humans” ate whatever they could get their hands on,
including each other if it came down to survival.


16 posted on 06/28/2020 12:39:58 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Get out of the matrix and get a real life.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Lots of people still eat them


17 posted on 06/28/2020 12:43:36 PM PDT by wolfman
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To: SunkenCiv; Future Snake Eater

I guess this made him a Future Snake Eater, uh, PAST Snake Eater...


18 posted on 06/28/2020 12:44:48 PM PDT by null and void (It never ends when you go down that slippery slope of digging for the truth.)
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To: ASOC
Iguana try that sometime.

19 posted on 06/28/2020 12:58:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

anything this side of granite is food for humans.


20 posted on 06/28/2020 1:00:27 PM PDT by Bull Snipe
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