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Neanderthals were ‘top-level carnivores,’ tooth analysis suggests



Neanderthals were likely carnivores, a new analysis of the hominins’ dental tartar has revealed.

Scientists made the discovery by analyzing the concentrations of different versions, or isotopes, of zincs in a Neanderthal tooth found in Gabasa, Spain. That analysis revealed that the tooth’s owner was a “top-level carnivore”, the researchers wrote, and was far less reliant on eating plants than previously surveyed Neanderthals in the region. 

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