New look at the Neanderthal diet


July 02, 2014

The Nature Podcast this week reports (from another journal; an interesting finding from Germany: an indication Neanderthals may have consumed more vegetables than previously thought.

Fossilized remains of Neanderthal feces, called coprolites, were dated to approximately 50,000 years ago and from this single site indicate a larger proportion of vegetables in the diet than was thought previously. Clearly one cannot draw blanket conclusions from a single find.

Listen to the Nature Podcast for July 3, 2014. See also Fossilized human feces hints at long-lost, 13,500-year-old West Coast culture.