Climate change has turned some of the Neanderthals cannibals

In Europe there are more than 200 places, where was found the ancient remains of Neanderthals, but the cave Mule-Guercy in the South-East of France is very different from all the others. In the 1990-ies there were found the remains of six ancient people: two adults, two teenagers and two children. After studying the bones, paleontologists from the French national center for scientific research came to the conclusion that thousands of years ago in this cave there was a terrible event, namely, the act of cannibalism. It is noteworthy that the ancient people had to go for brutal actions because of climate change.

Found in the cave, the bones perfectly preserved, so the paleontologists were able to identify each cut and bite marks and bumps. There are 120 bones, and they were mixed with animal remains. The fact that none of the remains were not in anatomical relationship with each other, the scientists discovered a terrible sight — the body of ancient people was completely dismembered.

Traces of cuts is distributed across 50% of the human remains and distributed throughout the skeleton from the skull and lower jaw, to the phalanges. Parts of the skeleton suggest that they are corrupted only after the Neanderthals were killed.

The assumption that cannibalism is hypothetical, but the evidence suggests that Neanderthals could kill each other. Dead individuals lived during abrupt climate change from cold to warm. Warming led to rising sea levels, transformation of plants and animals, as well as other changes. The ancients clearly were not ready for them, and could not satisfy his hunger due to lack of protein. Likely to survive, they could even go for the murder of relatives.

The researchers believe that Neanderthals did not become bloodthirsty monsters. Their actions could be compelled and to be a severe response to food stress caused by climate change.

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