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.
Evidence gathered from this location, called Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, indicates that it served as a base camp from which members of a still-undete