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Stone Age humans unlocked glucose in plants

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Early cave paintings of hunting scenes may give the impression our Stone Age ancestors lived mainly on chunks of meat, but plants—and the ability to unlock the glucose inside—were just as key to their survival.

While the evidence around meat eating is clear, the role of plant foods is less understood. Animal bones can last millions of years and still show cuts made by human butchering tools, whereas almost all plant remains disintegrate.

But new studies into the remains of plants that do exist are uncovering why and how our ancestors ate them.

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-stone-age-humans-glucose.html

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third_eye

Maybe it's because they were really really hungry... 

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HandsomeGorilla

I'm still of the impression that earlier groups of humans were a whole hell of a lot smarter and more industrious than we give them credit for. 

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Piney
Just now, third_eye said:

Maybe it's because they were really really hungry... 

We found pokeweed remains all the way back to Clovis. Having to eat that nasty stuff at my Native grandmother's I know for a fact they were really hungry. 

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Piney
1 minute ago, Not Your Huckleberry said:

I'm still of the impression that earlier groups of humans were a whole hell of a lot smarter and more industrious than we give them credit for. 

Oh, hell yeah. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windover_Archeological_Site

and from the looks of it, Early Archaic Woodland Indians planted mast trees. 

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third_eye
Just now, Piney said:

We found pokeweed remains all the way back to Clovis. Having to eat that nasty stuff at my Native grandmother's I know for a fact they were really hungry. 

Old world "culture " and fermentation food preparation...

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Piney
2 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Old world "culture " and fermentation food preparation...

The most common Woodland Archaic Period artifact is a pitted mano.  Here's the one in my collection. 

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third_eye
1 minute ago, Piney said:

The most common Woodland Archaic Period artifact is a pitted mano.  Here's the one in my collection

Tell everyone what it takes to make one of those "rolling pin " types pastel and mortar ....

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31 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Tell everyone what it takes to make one of those "rolling pin " types pastel and mortar ....

You find them all over too,but they are less common. Some are grooved so they were used to push and pound and some of the grooved ones were used as whetstones by early European settlers

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'Walt' E. Kurtz
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Why do i constantly read the title as "stone age humans unlocked glucose pants?" 

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