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May/June 2015

World Roundup SpainSPAIN: In a deep deposit at El Mirador Cave—spanning the Early Neolithic to the Bronze Age (7,200 to 3,100 years ago)—archaeologists have found evidence of human consumption of dogs, wild cats, badgers, and foxes. The carnivore bones appear to have been butchered, broken, cooked, and gnawed by humans. Consumption of dog meat appears sporadically but repeatedly, while bones of the other carnivore species are less frequent. Researchers suspect they might have been accidentally hunted, but also may have provided extra protein in times of scarcity.—Samir S. Patel

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