BBC News:  Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.  The research adds to mounting evidence that our evolutionary relatives may have relied on the sea for food just as much as ancient modern humans.  For decades, the ability to gather food from the sea and from rivers was seen as something unique to our own species.
 Scientists found evidence for an intensive reliance on seafood at a Neanderthal site in southern Portugal. Neanderthals living between 106,000 and 86,000 years ago at the cave of Figueira Brava near Setubal were eating mussels, crab and fish – including sharks, eels and sea bream – seabirds, dolphins and seals.
 The research team, led by Dr João Zilhão from the University of Barcelona, Spain, found that marine food made up about 50% of the diet of the Figueira Brava Neanderthals. The other half came from terrestrial animals, such as deer, goats, horses, aurochs (ancient wild cattle) and tortoises. Read more
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