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How Stone Age Humans Unlocked the Glucose in Plants

Early cave paintings of hunting scenes may give the impression our Stone Age ancestors lived mainly on chunks of meat, but plants were just as key to their survival. Plants rich in starch helped early humans to thrive even at the height of the last Ice Age, Leiden archaeologist Amanda Henry tells Horizon Magazine. 'Plants were the staples. They were the foods that formed the basis of our calories in most environments.'

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