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Cavemen Roasted Birds, Too

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« on: November 27, 2009, 06:41:36 pm »

Gerrit Dusseldorp, a University of Leiden expert on Neanderthals and early humans, suggests dining on birds and other small prey might have been much more common in prehistoric Europe.

In his book "A View to a Kill: Investigating Middle Paleolithic Subsistence Using an Optimal Foraging Perspective," Dusseldorp argues that scientists often focus on "spectacular larger prey categories." He also believes proving small prey consumption is inherently more difficult due to the size of bones and the way the animals were probably eaten.

It's doubtful that elaborate carving methods were displayed around Bolomor Cave hearths.

As Dusseldorp points out, "small animals tend to be subjected to much less processing than larger animals. Usually, they are simply eaten whole."
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