Ancient animal fat proves humans butchered big game 500K years ago

March 20, 2015 3:37 PM

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Ancient animal fat proves humans butchered big game 500K years ago

Archaeologists in Israel say they've discovered something along the lines of an open-air butcher shop, and the tools there prove that these ancient butchers worked on big game.

That proof? The axes and scrapers used there 500,000 years ago still had residue of animal fat on them—a find that Haaretz describes as an "archaeological first." It also appears that the fat in question came from one of the biggest animals of all: Researchers at the site known as Revadim in souther...

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