The stays of the oldest cooked meal ever found point out that even the Neanderthal man within the Stone Age, about 70 thousand years in the past, had cooking strategies that characterised the primary people.
The researchers examined stays of burnt plant meals, 40-70 thousand years previous, which have been found lately within the Schnaider Caves within the Zagros Mountains within the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, a widely known archaeological website the place the stays of Neanderthal males, ladies and youngsters have been beforehand found. On the similar time, the stays of burnt meals, the oldest in Europe, have been examined, which have been found within the Frankati collapse southeastern Greece, the place the primary Homo sapiens, fashionable people, lived about 12 thousand years in the past.
Scanning electron microscopy recognized that the plant meals consisted of mixtures of assorted seeds, wild legumes, wild mustard, wild nuts and wild grasses. The researchers additionally concluded that with the intention to make the vegetation extra palatable, early people soaked the extra bitter-tasting legumes, then coarsely floor them or pounded them with stones to take away the pores and skin.
Regardless of the massive hole between the 2 locations, each geographically and when it comes to instances and human improvement, the scientists got here to the conclusion that Neanderthals and early people used the identical sorts of vegetation and related cooking strategies to organize their meals, and that is in distinction to the notion that Neanderthals ate primarily meat-based meals.