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Ancient Humans Were Apex Predators For 2 Million Years, Study Finds | Science Alert

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According to a study on the diets of our Pleistocene predecessors, Paleolithic food was anything but slim and healthy. Homo sapiens and their ancestors abandoned the salad in favor of a meat-heavy diet for around 2 million years, which propelled them to the top of the food chain.

According to a study conducted last year by anthropologists from the University of Minho in Portugal and Israel’s Tel Aviv University, current hunter-gatherers have given us the erroneous image of what our ancestors once ate. However, this comparison is pointless because hunter-gatherer tribes could hunt and eat elephants and other enormous animals 2 million years ago, whereas modern hunter-gatherer societies do not have access to such bounty, according to researcher Miki BenDor from Israel’s Tel Aviv University in 2021.We were essentially apex predators until around 12,000 years ago, according to a review of hundreds of earlier research on topics ranging from measurements of the isotopes inside ancient human bones and teeth to modern human anatomy and physiology.Other studies have shown localized examples of plant-heavy diets using chemical analyses of bones and teeth enamel. It is more difficult to extrapolate this to mankind as a whole.



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