Narrator: This is Science Today. Over the years,
there's been great debate among archaeologists and
anthropologists about digging up traces of cannibalism.
Tim White, a professor of integrative biology at the
University of California, Berkeley says one way cannibalism
can be traced is by finding bones with cut marks similar
to those used in the butchering of animals.
White: What you find when you look at butchery
practices and people, whether it is our own butchers
in the supermarket or butchers in a hunting and gathering
society, they will with sharp implements, either stone
tools or steel knives, butcher animals in the same
manner. And that manner is controlled by the anatomy.
Narrator: White and his French colleagues found
such tell-tale signs on the bones of six Neanderthals,
including a child, hose remains were found scattered
on the floor of a cave site along with those of red
White: We can study those red deer skeletons
and learn about the way they butchered those. And
in fact, we present a photograph of the child's jaw
next to a photograph of a deer jaw that has matching
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.