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Were prehistoric humans cannibals? Scientists at the Smithsonian found cut marks on a 1.45 million-year-old human tibia that they say are consistent with stone cuts made on animals that humans ate for dinner.

The shin also had tiger bite marks which may mean that the humans didn’t kill the human but may have partaken in the meal after the tiger had its share.

Dr Briana Pobiner, the study’s lead author, said: “These cut marks look very similar to what I’ve seen on animal fossils that were being processed for consumption. It seems most likely that the meat from this leg was eaten and that it was eaten for nutrition as opposed to for a ritual.”

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