Picture this: The year is 2700. A report is made of an “excavation of an 850-year-old site where butchered human skeletons have yielded evidence of cannibalism.” Corprolite discovered at the site contained “the chemical residue of human flesh.” A group of nomadic cannibals had briefly occupied an area known as Donner Pass. Perhaps prehistoric Anasazi fell into some unspeakable hardship. The article states that “the homes were suddenly abandoned.”
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