Neanderthals: Our ancestors’ teeth
Neanderthals existed thousands of years ago. They are more closely related to chimpanzees than to our own ancestors, Homosapiens, but they existed within the same time. Some Neanderthal blood still exists! One of the biggest mysteries of their existence is why they disappeared. However, there are other questions about them, as we have few artefacts of them. One of the questions is: what did they eat? Luckily, we might have an answer to that.
The Neanderthal diet has always been a cause of debate among the scientific community, with some people believing that they were omnivores and others believing they were carnivores. Recently, scientists have discovered that the Neanderthals were in fact carnivores. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used a new technique on a 100,000-to-200,000-year-old tooth. They discovered that the tooth was probably from a meat-eater.
Read more about the study here.
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