Are Snails Paleo? Excerpt
The Paleolithic era stands for the “Old Stone Age” (Paleo means old; lithic means stone) and extended from 2.6 million years ago with the appearance of the first crude stone tools until the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago. During this period, it is estimated that at least 20 species of hominins (upright walking apes) existed1. Because all hominins were omnivorous opportunists,2 land snails were almost certainly consumed on an occasional basis throughout hominin evolutionary history.
However, having said this, the first direct evidence for land snail consumption does not appear in the fossil record until 31,000 years ago at the Mumba-Hohle site on the shores of Lake Eyasi in East Africa.
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