Redheaded Neanderlady

Redheaded Neanderlady
This is a photoshopped version of something I found in National Geographic about the time I started researching

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Now we know Neandertals ate a lot of meat!

I hadn't meant to post something other than writing-related material, but --- Julien Riel-Salvatore has done it again. The study he comments on is about Neandertal diet, which included lots of meat. Many people claim Neandertals ate nothing but meat, but while Riel-Salvatore hints that this probably wasn't completely the case, for very good and sufficient reasons, this study does suggest that they ate an awful lot of it. The only quibble I would have with the study itself --- not Riel-Salvatore --- is that the study seems to imply that they ate a lot of horses and "bovids" --- wild cattle and such. But there are any number of sites, such as a place called Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, where Neandertals apparently successfully hunted reindeer/caribou(Rangifer tarandus). And apparently they hunted them in ways similar to those of many "modern" caribou hunters, e.g. either "drove" or "found" them at a river or other watery crossing where the reindeer/caribou would have to swim, and thus be vulnerable. Only the weapons are different. Neandertals(and early "moderns") didn't have access to rifles, bullets, snowmobiles, etc, let alone things like cell phones. But they did what they did, very wel..
Anne G

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