Researchers have provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities. Oetzi, he prehistoric "iceman" (who was not a Neanderthal), carried mushrooms with him, which were clearly meant to be used for medicinal purposes.

Until recently Neanderthals, who disappeared between 30,000 and 24,000 years ago, were thought to be predominantly meat-eaters. However, evidence of dietary breadth is growing as more sophisticated analyses are undertaken.
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In 1991, as a result of global warming, a 5,300-year-old corpse was discovered in the melting snow of the Alps. He became known as “Oetzi,” after the Oetz Valley where he was found. Scientists have learned a lot about what life was like in prehistoric times by studying his body. Now they’ve finally figured out how he died.

BBC News reports that Oetzi bled to death from a ruptured artery, caused by an arrow that struck him in the shoulder. He had been shot in the back, perhaps while fleeing from a fight. According to BBC News, Oetzi was 46 years old, a little over 5 feet tall, and had arthritis, as well as worms.

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