Archaeologists have discovered evidence that humans ate snakes as well as lizards and some reptiles some 15,000 years ago.
Israeli researchers have found evidence that ancient humans ate snakes and lizards , as well as several other reptiles, as part of their daily diet.
Archaeological team from Haifa University discovered the first evidence that humans regularly ate some reptiles at el-Wad Terrace, Mount Carmel, Israel about 15,000 years ago.
Bones of reptiles were found.
"From historical sources, people began to eat snake meat in the Middle Ages. But up to now, there is no evidence that the ancients did so early 15,000 years ago. By using the methods we have developed, we will probably find more ancient evidence , " said archaeologist Reuven Yeshurun.
Residents of this area are part of the Natufian civilization , known for its transition to agricultural lifestyles as well as other cultural developments.
Thousands of pieces of bones from snakes and lizards were found on the floor of prehistoric people in the area, but it is unclear whether these animals were eaten by humans or killed by natural factors.
Also here, the team found bones from larger animals such as rabbits. They show signs of being slaughtered and processed, proving to be prehistoric food. Meanwhile, the solid or lizard bone fragment mainly consists of very small backbones.
To clarify this issue, a team of Haifa University archaeologists studied the surface and fragmentary model of the snake-lizard bone at el-Wad Terrace (Mount Carmel). The experiments were conducted, simulating the process of decomposing natural corpses, then comparing with the previous specimens.
The final results show that the archaeological team determined that the ancients ate European lizard species (snakes), viper snakes (green snake family) . With a rich menu can prove that people ancient times gradually shifted to a more stable lifestyle and took advantage of more available resources.