Hunting Might Be Older Than Once Thought
In a study published in the current issue of the scientific journal PLOS One, scientists argue that a bone fragment from a pre-historic child who lived in Africa 1.5 million years ago belonged to a clan that depended on hunting for a major part of its diet. Evidence suggests this child died from a lack of vitamins B12 and B9, meaning the child was accustomed to eating meat. Hunting 1.5 million years ago is a surprise, say many scientists, because they believe active hunting emerged much later in human evolution, possibly less than 100,000 years ago. Prior to hunting, our ancestors were scavengers, capturing small animals or eating whatever meat was left behind by other carnivores. Read more at ABC news.