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Neanderthals ate seafood including crabs, clams, oysters and dolphins

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Neanderthals fed regularly on mussels, fish and other omega-3-rich marine life including seals, which likely impacted their cognitive abilities, a new study claims. Archaeological digs along the Portuguese coast reveal the evidence that our cavemen ancestors had as much fondness for seafood as modern humans today. Both Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens tucked into'surf and turf', from molluscs, crabs, fish, waterfowl and dolphins to horse, goat and red deer, as well as pine nuts. The findings are based on ancient remains in the cave of Figueira Brava, Portugal, dating to roughly 106,000-86,000 years ago – when Neanderthals settled in Europe. Figueira Brava is 18.6 miles (30km) south of Lisbon on the slopes of the Serra da Arrábida, a natural park facing south, about a 45-minute drive from Lisbon'Pretty much every potential source of food that existed in the environment they [Neanderthals] exploited and used it,' said Professor João Zilhão, an expert in palaeolithic archaeology at the University of Barcelona.