When archaeologists discovered our ancient ancestors’ remains in caves, they thought they’d found evidence of spooky death rituals. But as Inverse reported in April, a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that two archaeological sites were probably not burial sites, as archaeologists had suspected, but were, in fact, more likely ancient hominin buffets.
Rather than being the place where our ancient hominin ancestors solemnly placed their dead, the caves of Spain’s Sima de los Huesos and South Africa’s Dinaledi Chamber may have been sites where large predators dragged dead hominins to feast on their flesh and bones. In addition to being extremely WTF, this study sheds some light on the minds and habits of ancient humans. Whereas death and burial rituals like funerals, wakes, and memorial services may seem natural to us, they weren’t always the norm for our ancestors.Read More... Misidentified Ancient Ritual Burial Sites Turned Out to Be Hominin Buffets