Neanderthals ate their vegetables. Neanderthals have been known as great meat eaters, but researchers have been picking their teeth:
But a new analysis of Neanderthal remains from across the world has found direct evidence that contradicts the chemical studies. Researchers found fossilised grains of vegetable material in their teeth and some of it was cooked.
Although pollen grains have been found before on Neanderthal sites and some in hearths, it is only now there is clear evidence that plant food was actually eaten by these people.
This study is the latest to suggest that, far from being brutish savages, Neanderthals were more like us than we previously thought.