North African hunter-gatherers didn’t hunt that much

North African hunter-gatherers didn’t hunt that much
North African hunter-gatherers didn’t hunt that much

Published on May 2, 2024 at 10:26. / Modified on May 2, 2024 at 10:27.

Before the beginnings of the domestication of plants and animals, around 11,000 years ago, our ancestors fed on what they found: from hunting, but also from fruits and edible plants gleaned from their environment. Populations of hunter-gatherers that we imagined were mainly carnivorous and not sedentary, since they had to move according to available resources. A vision which we are beginning to understand was erroneous.

“Agriculture arrived relatively late in Morocco, around 7,600 years ago, undoubtedly associated with the migration of populations from Europe,” explains Zineb Moubtahij, doctoral student at the Géosciences Environnement laboratory (Toulouse) and at the Max Institute. -Planck of evolutionary anthropology, first author of work carried out on the Moroccan site of Taforalt and published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. These show that the hunter-gatherers of northern Africa did not wait for the domestication of plants to make them their daily menu.

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