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Almond Joy, Stone Age Style: Our ancestors had a bash eating wild nuts

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8:58am, February 20, 2002

Around 780,000 years ago, human ancestors living along a lakeshore in what is now northern Israel ate a varied diet. It included fat- and protein-rich almonds, pistachios, and other hard-shelled nuts, according to a new report.

As both chimpanzees and many hunter-gatherer groups of people do today, inhabitants of the ancient site used pieces of stone to crack open these nutty treats, say archaeologist Naama Goren-Inbar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her colleagues.

Their new findings appear in the Feb. 19 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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