World Turtle News, 02/02/2016
Prehistoric men ate tortoises 400,000 years ago
Prehistoric men living in Qesem Cave, Israel nearly half a million years ago ate tortoises, say archaeologists based on shell and bone remains found in the site, which bore clear marks of man-caused damage and burning. It is the oldest-known example of cooked tortoise cuisine. In fact it turns out that prehistoric hominids, going back a couple of million years, had a taste for tortoise. They’re delicious, reportedly, and nutritious, their shells are useful, and they are as easy to catch as a potato. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Bijnor’s forest department save turtles in the Ganga and researches find evidence of the Forest cane turtle; see the Conservation section
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