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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies, Based on Poop Analysis

Neanderthals spent at least some time digesting plants, according to a new study that analyzed fossilized ancient feces to find the most direct evidence yet of a varied diet for man’s ancestors.

Carnivorous, or exclusively meat, diets have been the leading theory about what Neanderthals ate, with some scientists suggesting the dominance of meat contributed to their extinction. While meat was their main source of food, they also ate plants, an analysis of fossilized fecal matter showed in a study released yesterday by PLoS One, a publication of the Public Library of Science.