Caveman Food

Tom Davis

What did the caveman eat?

Obviously, there's no one answer to this question. Different cavemen lived in different parts of the world, and of course the diet varied throughout the season.

Although most cavemen lived more than 12,000 years ago, we do have some reasonable idea of what they ate, since in the not too distant past, anthropologists regularly encountered "stone-age tribes" that had never come in contact with modern civilization. The records of what these modern cavemen ate provide a pretty good insight into what their more ancient cousins ate.

One way to start is to list the foods that were not part of any caveman's diet. A rough approximation to Tom's diet can be achieved by avoiding the following foods. Tom's diet includes some of these, however:

Probably the main difference between what we eat and what the cavemen ate is that the cavemen ate a greater variety of foods. This has a couple of advantages:

So finally, here is a list of some general types of foods that would have been common components of the diets of the cavemen:

Now that we know roughly what our ancestors ate, we can use that information to make some reasonable approximations to what we should eat if we want to emulate their diet.

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