News Focus11th International Conference of Archaeozoology

Score One for Hunting at Olduvai

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Science  17 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5998, pp. 1464-1465
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5998.1464-a

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Were early humans mighty hunters, or did they scavenge carcasses left behind by other carnivores? The answer has implications for everything from our ancestors' subsistence strategies to their social structure. At the meeting, the hunting partisans fired the latest salvo, presenting evidence from a 1.3-million-year-old Olduvai site called BK that, they say, argues against the scavenging hypothesis.