Prehistoric humans may not have been the most elegant dining companions, but they too evidently had something akin to table manners.
Scientists painstakingly analyzing prehistoric human teeth found in Qesem cave, in central Israel, say the signs of wear and tear reveal a lot about the diet and behavior of our ancestors, down to the very gestures they used when they gathered around the fire to share food. So, in the unlikely event that you should find yourself stuck in the distant past sharing a meal with our ancestors, here’s how you blend in:
Grab some aurochs steak – or whatever is on the menu – with one hand. Grip it between your teeth and, with your other hand, use a small flint blade to slice off a manageable bite size.
But watch out because those flint tools are sharp and if you’re not careful, you could chip or graze your own choppers.
It is exactly by looking at the marks left on teeth by this early form of stone cutlery that researchers have been able to reconstruct this pattern of behavior, says Rachel Sarig, a dental anthropologist at Tel Aviv University who led the study to be published Wednesday in the scientific journal Quaternary International.