Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

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Early Europeans had the neighbors over for dinner.

Archaeologists have found that early European human ancestors didn't distinguish between their neighbors and food animals, and preferred their dinner guests young and tender.  The bones thrown away by Homo antecessor, which lived in Spain 800,000 years ago and predated Neanderthals, show no difference in treatment between those animals and humans.  Most of the remains are of adolescents and children.  This indicates that they probably hunted and ate people from neighboring tribes for supper and not for ritual.  Researchers think the practice had been going on for some time before the time of the evidence, and for some time after.  I think it might be a basis for legends of children being kidnapped and eaten by monsters, bogeymen,, goblins, witches, etc.
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