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GoodNews: Behold Scientists Just Found Proof That Cavemen Probably Didn't Eat the Paleo Diet
New research, though, suggests that humans were eating cooked root vegetables earlier than previously thought. In a cave in southern Africa, researchers remnants of 170,000-year-old cook fires containing fragments of plant rootsspecifically, a carb-rich veggie similar to modern potatoes.
The remnants were discovered in 2016, but it took researchers years of comparison to modern roasted plants to find a match. Theyve identified the leftovers as belonging to a plant from the genus Hypoxis, which tastes more like a yam than a potato; though still eaten today, due to overexploitation its much rarer than in the past. While investigators have found even earlier in human development, this is the first clear evidence that cavemen roasted their vegetables.
So why do we imagine our ancestors as voracious meat-eaters? Partly because its easier to find leftover animal bones, and archaeologists arent looking for plant remains. Even if cavemen were eating a more balanced diet than we imagine, though, that doesnt mean the cant be useful for modern-day humans. Its value isnt based in historical accuracy, after all, and its worked for many people. Diets, just like cavemen, can evolve.

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