The discovery and analysis that is unfolding the traces of oldest human fecal fossils sheds some light on the eating habits of Neanderthals. According to the results came out of the study, it says that Neanderthals ate vegetables at the time they lived. The best part about this discovery is its valuable scientific insight into the lifestyle of Neanderthals who settled down in Spain around 50,000 years ago.
Back into the older days in Spain, current traces also reveals both meat and plant digestion as part of their habits. According to scientists involved in this research, they found five samples of human fecal fossils at an archaeological site that is known as El Salt. Their study is clearly indicating the floor of a rock shelter where Neanderthals existed earlier.
The research illumines another concept of the diet consumed by Neanderthals, handing over the first of its kind evidence that shows Neanderthals were omnivores who also at vegetables.
“So far, it is the only fossil evidence that gives us information of the ingestion and the regular meals of our ancestors,” said Ainara Sistiaga, a geoarchaeologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of La Laguna who was one of the researchers.
“We believe Neanderthals probably ate what was available in different situations, seasons and climates,” she said.
“Understanding the diet of past human species closely related to our own will help us gain perspective on our evolutionary constraints and adaptability,” she added.
Study has already revealed that Neanderthals were not completely similar to Homo sapiens. Many scientists have already pointed out different evidences of complex hunting methods they used to rely on, such as communication with a help of a spoken language, symbolic objects and pigments, possibly to serve the body painting purpose.