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Why Do Cannibals Do It?

It's not just humans who practice cannibalism: birds, certain flies, our close cousins the chimpanzees, and even bacteria eat their own kind. Intelligent species, like humans, may eat each other for psychological or religious reasons. Chimps seem to do it in a fit of revenge or just plain nastiness, as when females eat other mothers' babies....

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Cannibals Still Exist: Pygmies Eaten in Congo

Sinafasi Makelo, of the Mbuti pygmies, has asked the UN to stop government and rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo from eating them. He says, "In living memory, we have seen cruelty, massacres, and genocide, but we have never seen human beings hunted down as though they were game animals. Pygmies are being pursued in the forests...

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Your Ancestors Were Cannibals

You may be a vegetarian, but your ancestors not only ate meat, they occasionally ate each other. Cannibalism was common among our prehistoric ancestors, according to a new study of the Fore, an isolated tribe living in Papua New Guinea. Researchers Simon Mead and John Collinge found DNA evidence that a gene variant protected some of the Fore...

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Why Do Cannibals Do It?

Bryan Robinson writes for abcnews.com asking why someone would not only kill, but eat his victims. Experts say a killer's need to dominate his victim may be the motivation behind modern cannibalism. Devouring a victim goes a step beyond taking their life and represents the ultimate conquest and sign of domination to a killer.

"It goes...

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