Birds in paleolithic

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I think that birds have formed only a small part of the human diet (except perhaps for some coastal settlements). However I would very interested in knowing which bird species were hunted and which were ignored. Most information will have to come from extant societies



on August 22, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Modern hunter gatherers seem to consume A LOT of birds. Many of the tribes collect the feathers and wear them in festivities as a decoration.

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on August 22, 2012
at 09:21 PM

I don't think our ancestors where picky about what kind of birds they ate, i'm pretty sure they ate whichever bird they could get killed. This is from a common sense standpoint.



on August 22, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Actually theres alot of evidence of traps from the paleo era. From this, it is suspected that a large proportion of our diet was small game, and a large proportion of that was birds.



on August 22, 2012
at 10:12 PM

I know this doesn't go all the way back to the paleolithic, but sea gulls were a staple in the Outer Hebrides. Although it does seem to be a bird that people stop eating as soon as there are any other animals to eat.



on August 23, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Chickens are birds.... they seem to be quite a popular food item :)


on August 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Well, we know the dodo was hunted.

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