Some clues have emerged from teeth marks on a 500,000 year old bone regarding the first human being to be eaten alive by animals.
Animal teeth marks have been spotted on a 500,000 year old thigh bone that belonged to a human being. This was the very first human to be eaten alive by animals. The remains were found in a grotto in Morocco.
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This unfortunate member of the human species was probably attacked by large carnivores such as hyenas. They tore it to bits and consumed the flesh leaving teeth marks on the bones.
During those ancient times, many hominins or early humans tended to compete for space and food with other meat-eaters. However, up until now there had been no proof of any serious contact between the two members of the animal kingdom, one more sophisticated and the other one more primitive.
The 500,000 year old hominin had gashes made by sharp teeth on its thigh bone, according to DailyMail. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. The fractured bones and the notches showed that a bunch of vicious carnivores had devoured the hominin alive.
The teeth marks were concentrated at the edges of the femur. At various areas, the bone had been completely crushed to a pulp. Most of the teeth marks had sediment on them lending proof of their antiquity.
Hyenas were the most likely beasts that had inflicted this fatal damage on the hominin. What remained a mystery was whether the hominin was chased and killed by the hyenas or attacked after its death.
Whatever way you look at it, human beings were a source of food for many of these large carnivores during the Middle Pleistocene Era in parts of modern day Morocco.
However, that is not the whole story. Human beings also hunted and ate carnivores. Confrontations between hominins and meat-eating animals during that period in prehistory probably ended up in a fifty-fifty chance of either one ending up as predator or prey.
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Humans or rather hominins had to take their chances if they wanted to make it out alive in the survival game. Sometimes they lost the stakes to the carnivores who than feasted on the fallen hominins.