The authors of the new scientific study say that “at the end of the last interglacial period, Neanderthals regularly collected large brown crabs.” They caught crustaceans with an average shell width of 16 cm, then brought to the cave and roasted on coals and eaten.
Scientists have found that crabs are mostly large adults that yield about 200 grams of meat. “Our results add another nail in the coffin of the ancient notion that Neanderthals were primitive cave dwellers who could barely make a living from the carcasses of large game animals,” the researchers said.
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