Ancient humans may have cooked and eaten snails 170,000 years ago

Quaternary Science Reviews reporting that people at the Border Cave site may have roasted and eaten snails 170,000 years ago.

A shell from a snail in the family Achatinidae, similar to those thought to have been cooked at Border Cave in South Africa

Marine Wojcieszak

Broken bits of shells found in a cave in South Africa have given researchers the earliest evidence for prehistoric people roasting and eating snails.

Other studies have pointed to snail consumption at sites in Europe around 30,000 years ago and in Africa around 40,000 years ago. “There is a huge gap from that to our findings,” says Marine Wojcieszak, who did the new work while …

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