They ate elephants in Europe 80,000 years ago

‘Inhabitants of Madrid’ ate elephants’ meat and bone marrow 80,000 years ago

Humans that populated the banks of the river Manzanares (Madrid, Spain) during the Middle Palaeolithic (between 127,000 and 40,000 years ago) fed themselves on pachyderm meat and bone marrow. This is what a Spanish study shows and has found percussion and cut marks on elephant remains in the site of Preresa (Madrid). In prehistoric times, hunting animals implied a risk and required a considerable amount of energy. Therefore, when the people of the Middle Palaeolithic (between 127,000 and 40,000 years ago) had an elephant in the larder, they did not leave a scrap. Humans that populated the Madrid region 84,000 years ago fed themselves on these prosbocideans’ meat and they consumed their bone marrow, according to this new study. Until now, the scientific community doubted that consuming elephant meat was a common practice in that era due to the lack of direct evidence on the bones. It is still to be determined whether they are from the Mammuthus species of the Palaleoloxodon subspecies.

The inhabitants of Madrid showed more sense in the matter of food than we do. No potato chips or soda pop, no bread or Cheetos, and there was no obesity, diabetes, or heart disease.

The original paleo diet included elephant meat.


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james wilson says April 30, 2012

I thought Cro-Magnon arrived in that area circa 40,000 year ago. 127,000? Or was this site Neanderthal? It is no secret Neanterthal hunted Mastadon. Although he was human, it is a great enough distiction to be made clear if that is the case.

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