Prehistory: Europe's first man-eaters

22 June 2009 – Presseurop Le Figaro

Fossilized remains discovered at the Atapuerca site in Spain, have revealed that the earliest known Europeans were cannibals "who enjoyed eating children and teenagers," reports Le Figaro. According to one of the co-directors of the archaeological dig, "It is the first well-documented case of cannibalism in human history, but that does not mean it is the oldest." The 800,000 year-old remains are those of Homo Antecessor who preceded both Neanderthal man and Homo Sapiens. Traces of stone knife cuts and the manner in which the fossilized bodies were dismembered indicate that "cannibalism was not a ritual activity but a source of nourishment," points out the daily.