20 October 2010

Stone age ancestors made flour and ate veggies

OK, so maybe our cave dwelling ancestors weren’t making Panini’s and sipping on soy lattes, but new evidence shows that their diet consisted of more than just hunks of raw meat.

Researchers from the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Early History have unearthed grinding stones and grain remnants at ancient sites in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic dating back 30,000 years. The stones, similar to a stone and pestle, would allow people to grind roots and also produce flour, which could be stored when food was scarce.

The researchers said that the new evidence shows that the Stone Age diet was more balanced than previously thought, and not so centered on meat. Additionally "a large number of plant families are likely to have been involved in the diet," the researchers said.

Unfortunately there’s no way to tell what our ancestors used the flour for. Zog’s cupcakes anyone?

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw
Robin lives in NYC with her cat Maggie where she follows a vegetarian lifestyle, practices yoga, and volunteers at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Follow Robin on Facebook

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