Skeletons in cave reveal Mediterranean secrets
|The island of Favignana near Sicily, where remains of early Mediterranean settlers were found in a cave called Grotta d'Oriente [Credit: Marcello Mannino]|
The authors also analyzed the chemical composition of the human remains and found that these early settlers retained their hunter-gatherer lifestyles, relying on terrestrial animals rather than marine sources for meat. According to the study, despite living on islands during a time when sea level rise was rapid enough to change within a single human lifetime, these early settlers appear to have made little use of the marine resources available to them. The authors conclude, "These findings have crucial implications for studies of the role of seafood in the diet of Mediterranean hunter-gatherers."
Source: Public Library of Science [November 28, 2012]
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