The Stone Age Food Pyramid Included Flour Made From Wild Grains
Grains of starch discovered on grinding stones suggest that ancient man may have dined on a type of bread at least 30,000 years ago in Europe, researchers reported this week.The findings imply that processing starch grains, perhaps grinding them into flour, was a common practice throughout Europe during the Paleolithic era. If true, this contradicts previous beliefs among many researchers that prehistoric humans were primarily meat eaters. The scientists recovered the grains from grindstones and pestle grinders at archaeological sites in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic. Each of the three sites was dated to roughly 30,000 years ago. Researchers then analyzed traces of wear and residue on the grindstones and other tools by microscope, and conducted experimental reconstruction of how the tools functioned.The grains appeared to come from starchy cattails and ferns, which are rich in starch and would have provided a substantial source of carbohydrates and energy, the researchers said."The wide size range an
Humans didn’t begin major agriculture until about 10,000 years ago. ...
Tue 19 Oct 10 from Discover Magazine
Starch grains found on grinding stones suggest that prehistoric man may have consumed a type of bread at least 30,000 years ago in Europe, US researchers said.
Tue 19 Oct 10 from Phys.org
Dirty 'kitchen' tools reveal that cavemen were grinding their own flour and preparing vegetables for meals at least 30,000 years ago, according to new research.
Mon 18 Oct 10 from ABC Science
Humanity’s stone age ancestors, long thought to have practiced a prehistoric version of the Atkins diet, may have eaten a balanced diet after all. Wear patterns and starch grains found ...
Mon 18 Oct 10 from Wired Science
﻿﻿The newfound discovery of the oldest flour in the world suggests cavemen who were thought to live almost entirely on meat may have had a more balanced diet than was thought.
Tue 19 Oct 10 from Livescience
The prehistoric hunters did not only rely on animals for their diet and also dined on processed plant-based foods, according to a new study.
Tue 19 Oct 10 from Daily Mail
It wasn't quite croissants, but archeologists have found evidence that Paleolithic humans were making flour in Europe 30,000 years ago.
Mon 18 Oct 10 from USA today
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID 2010-10-18T20:13:51Z WASHINGTON (AP) -- The popular image may be of Stone Age people gnawing on a chunk of woolly mammoth, but new research indicates their diet may have ...
Tue 19 Oct 10 from AP
FLORENCE, Italy, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The idea that our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors lived on low-carb meat diets is wrong, Italian researchers say -- they liked their daily bread, too.
Mon 18 Oct 10 from UPI
Grains of starch discovered on grinding stones suggest that ancient man may have dined on a type of bread at least 30,000 years ago in Europe, researchers reported this week.The findings imply ...
Wed 20 Oct 10 from RedOrbit
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