Neanderthals had a taste for seafood

From The Guardian: Neanderthals had a taste for seafood.

The last of the Neanderthals feasted on warmed mussels, baby seals and washed-up dolphins, according to fossil hunters working in ancient seaside caves in Gibraltar.

Excavations in the giant Gorham’s and Vanguard caves on the Rock’s eastern flank unearthed flint stone tools and remnants of seafood meals alongside the long-dead embers of hearths, which have been carbon-dated to around 28,000 years ago.

The findings suggest that Neanderthals who lived in the caves exploited the plentiful resources that the Mediterranean shoreline provided, and may help explain why groups living in Gibraltar clung on to life while those elsewhere became extinct around 7,000 years earlier. [continue]

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  1. Don’t see anything unusual about that. During the very lean years of my childhood we lived 30 yards from the high water mark and mussels, clams, blue crabs and fish were staples–and free–supplemented by a substantial kitchen garden (no leeks). I don’t know how we would have survived otherwise.

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