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The ancestors of modern people took analogs of aspirin and antibiotics

Cavemen had quite deep knowledge of medicinal plants. A genetic research has shown that they used herbal remedies for the treatment of toothache about 42000-50000 years ago. Only think about it. According to The Mirror, scientists from the University of Adelaide have examined some deposits on the teeth of Neanderthals found in caves (locations - Spa city in Belgium and El Sidron in Spain).

So, it turned out that the Neanderthals from the cave in Spa used to eat woolly rhinoceroses and European wild sheep, as well as wild mushrooms. But the ancient people from the cave in El Cidron did not eat meat. They focused on the vegetarian diet (they ate cedar nuts, moss, mushrooms and tree bark).

By the way, according to the remains of ancient man from El-Sidron, the scientists have revealed the signs of a severe abscess in the jawbone. This is a very painful condition. Also, dental deposits have

showed the presence of the intestinal parasite Enterocytozoon bieneusi, which causes severe diarrhea. Another surprising fact was that the ancient people ate poplar containing salicylic acid (an active component of aspirin). Plus the scientists have found a natural antibiotic fungus - Penicillium.

Source: The Mirror.