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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Traces of the first confrontation between people and predators

The hyenas teeth marks found on the bones of ancient people in a cave in Morocco, has allowed scientists to confirm that half a million years ago people were at the top of the food chain. According to researchers, in those days, the predators not only competed with people for food, but sometimes eat them themselves.

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Scientists previously suspected that about 500 thousand years ago, ancient hominids competed for resources and inhabitable caves with huge predators of those times. However, still detect traces of “collisions” between the experts was not possible. However, a recent study of the cave near the Moroccan city of Casablanca allowed us to obtain such certificates, reports gizmodo.com. A group of specialists, headed by Camille Dozier from the National Museum of natural history in France, during the study of caves discovered prehistoric human bones with traces of the teeth of hyenas.

The remains, a study which was done by experts, belong to one of the representatives of the so-called Rodessa people who, for a number of versions, are the common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals. Further study of its bones showed that ancient man had either been the victim of the hunt, or died for some other reason, but his body was gnawed by a predator almost immediately after the death. According to experts, in both cases, the finding suggests that in the distant past quite predatory animals were considered human flesh as a potential food, and discovered the episode of the collision was hardly isolated.

“We know that hominids of the Pleistocene were good hunters, able to catch large prey and to expel dangerous animals from their habitats. However, representing the hunters of that era the Supreme predators, we look at the history of hominids through rose-colored glasses” — reflects Camille Dogear.

Experts suggest that to really protect yourself, when finally “tamed” fire and created large settlements. His research scientists published in the journal PLoS One.

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