A Clovis hunter uses an atlatl to throw a dart into a pronghorn antelope in this Sharlot Hall Museum exhibit in Prescott, Ariz. A recent study shows that early human liked to eat antelope brains.
(Photo: Joanna Dodder, AP)
USA Today -- Our evolutionary ancestors were hungry for braaaiiins - antelope brains, that is.
Sets of animal bones recently unearthed in Kenya, believed to be the earliest evidence of hominid hunting, show previous members of the human family enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests, as well as snacking on gazelle meat, Science News reports.
They knew a thing or two about butchery, too, cutting the animals into parts before selecting the meatiest bones.
Scientists also have found a disproportionate number of animal skulls in the area, suggesting our ancestors scavenged the untouched heads from carcasses left behind by big cats after their own meals.
Dents inside the skulls indicate they dug in with stones to get at the delicious, juicy brains inside. According to a study of the findings, this nutrient-rich brain tissue may have helped homo erectus support larger bodies, bigger brains, and travel longer distances.