USA Today (3/8, Watson) reports that genetic analysis of the DNA in Neanderthals’ dental tartar shows these ancient human relatives may not have consumed an authentic Paleo diet. The dental tartar analysis reveals “a resourceful species that ate whatever was available,” such as pine nuts, moss, mushrooms, wild sheep, and woolly rhino.
The AP (3/8, Borenstein) reports that study co-author Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA in Adelaide, said dental plaque offers a lifelong record of what Neanderthals ate. “It’s like a fossil,” he said. The analysis shows Neanderthals’ diet varied based on where they lived.
I wonder what they will find when they examine our remnants...Twinkies?