What did Homo sapiens eat 170,000 years ago? Roasted, supersized land snails

Charred bits of shell at a southern African site reveal the earliest known snail-meal prep

A close up image of a light orange snail with a brown shell sitting on the ground.

Small groups of people roasted and ate large land snails, much like this modern land snail, at a rock-shelter in southern Africa starting around 170,000 years ago, a new study finds.

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Slow-motion large land snails made for easy catching and good eating as early as 170,000 years ago.