If new findings are correct, when Soylent Green rolls out in 2022, paleo diet practitioners who truly want to eat like their ancestors will be at the front of the ration line.
During the Paleolithic Era, cavemen in Europe often supplemented their regular diet of horse and reindeer with another lean meat: Neanderthal.
After studying 40,000-year-old bones and other remains that were collected from a cave in Belgium, a research team from the University of Tübingen concluded our biological forebears frequently butchered and ate their own kind.
Based on the evidence from the site, the cannibals found man-flesh to be good eating, to the point that they skinned and cut up the bodies by hand and then crushed the bones in order to extract marrow — much in the same manner that they would consume horses and reindeer.
“These indications allow us to assume that Neanderthals practiced cannibalism,” said researcher Hervé Bocherens. “The many remains of horses and reindeer found in Goyet were processed the same way.”
We’ve cautioned against going paleo in the past, but should you choose to ignore that advice and take the plunge, make sure you have some fava beans and a nice Chianti on hand.