I expect better reporting from the Guardian than this :("Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?"
Nothing stomach-turning about it, for one thing.
The previous theory, that Neanderthals had been vegetarian, has had a setback. But the way it's described..."These were not brainless carnivores, in other words. These were smart and sensitive people capable of providing themselves with balanced diets and of treating themselves with health-restoring herbs..."
Since when has being a carnivore meant being brainless? What's "sensitive" about eating plants?
It seems that "There are other, equally valid but decidedly more grizzly explanations to account for those microscopic fragments of herbs and plants found in Neanderthal teeth"
Grizzly? Were they eating bears, or grey hair? Or is the Grauniad living down to its reputation?
The actual article is quite interesting, the comments are mainly intelligent, and it does give a link to the relevant paper, but the silly emotional baggage that comes with it... oh dear.
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