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Our Ancient Cannibal Ancestors Saw Humans as an Easy Meal

Our Ancient Cannibal Ancestors Saw Humans as an Easy Meal

One million years ago, our ancient ancestors went around hunting and eating each other because cannibalism was a highly profitable survival strategy, scientists have said.

Homo antecessor is a proposed species of archaic human thought to have lived between 1.2 and 800,000 years ago. Members of this species have also been called the “oldest human cannibals”—fossils discovered at an archaeological site contain “unquestionable signs of cannibalism,” researchers from the CENIEH, Spain’s National Research Center on Human Evolution, say in a study looking at their hunting behavior.