As anyone with common sense would assume, early people foraged widely and inventively for their food. By foragers, of course I mean women, who had to keep their families fed on a daily basis, not just once every two weeks when the guys scored a deer or a moose. People ate grubs, mice, birds, bunnies, roots, fish, and berries, among other things.
Each other? A recent archaeological find in central Alaska coordinated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, raises this possibility---researchers found bones dating back close to 12,000 years ago likely belonging to a three year-old, charred bones. Hmmm. Tender young flesh. One Michael Kunz, with the Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks, tossed this into the fire, so to speak, as a theory.
According to the AP story,
"The body was found buried in the fire pit, Kunz noted via e-mail, and "the bones that are missing are the bones that have the most flesh on them and would most likely be used for food."
"Cannibalism among humans is not new news," added Kunz, who was not part of ( Ben A.)Potter's team, ( of the University.)
The child more likely was cremated...
The bones, the earliest such found in the American Arctic, were in a settlement camp, not the hunting camps thus far excavated, along with a hearth, handtools, and the small bones of animals like squirrels.