- The Washington Times - Monday, June 21, 2004


Ancient humans, probably struggling to cope with food shortages, broadened their diets to add grains about 23,000 years ago.

The discovery of plant remains at a site called Ohalo II, in what is now Israel, pushes back the earliest known use of grains about 10,000 years, investigators report in this week’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Stone Age hunter-gatherers relied primarily on small to medium-sized animals for food, until increasing population and competition for territory put pressure on the food supply, the researchers report.

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