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

The Stone Age Food Pyramid Included Flour Made From Wild Grains

Humans didn’t begin major agriculture until about 10,000 years ago. ...

Tue 19 Oct 10 from Discover Magazine

Prehistoric man ate flatbread 30,000 years ago: study

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

Cavemen ground flour, prepped veggies

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

Ancient Grains Show Paleolithic Diet Was More Than Meat

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

30,000-Year-Old Flour Finding Suggests Cavemen Craved Carbs

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

Stone Age man 'ate bread, not just meat

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

30,000 year-old flour production in Europe

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

New evidence found for flour in stone-age diet

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

Study: Bread was in Stone Age diets

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

Evidence Of Plant Food Processing 30,000 Years Ago

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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