posted on Feb, 20 2012 @ 11:52 AM
Bolomor Cave is a rockshelter located on the coast of Spain in Valencia. It is located about 100 meters above sea level, in the Valldigna valley. In
have been found the living site of Neanderthals.
The site contains important Lower and Middle Paleolithic (350,000-100,000 years) human occupations in cave deposits up to a maximum thickness of
14 meters (46 feet), including evidence of some of the earliest hearths in Europe; and some of the earliest evidence of small-animal consumption as
Its earliest use is dated back to by amino acid racemization (AAR) to ~525,000 +/- 125,000)
Excavations at Bolomor have identified seventeen stratigraphic levels, dated from Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 9 (~334,000 years ago) to 5e
(~115,000 years ago). MIS are a relative dating tool created by paleoclimatologists to correspond with broad climatic changes over time, describing
the relative warm or cool periods during the Pleistocene.
Our ancestors seemed to have had a wide table for food stuffs
The occupants processed a wide range of animals, including everything from rabbits, tortoise and birds to deer, horses and pigs to hippopotamus
and rhinoceros. Although there are scavenger carnivores within the animal bones recovered (wolf, hyena), evidenced by gnaw-marks, and evidence of
trampling, many of the remains show deliberate cutmarks and burning, suggested they were processed and cooked by the cave's occupants.
The inhabitants were also probably using snares, traps and perhaps birdlime; as they left behind large amounts of bones of birds and other small agile
Eatin' middle paleolithic wings