Evidence suggests early Britons ate roasted toads

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:01 PM

LONDON (AP) — A promising excavation about a mile (1.6 kms) from Stonehenge has unearthed a host of clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons — among them a tiny, partially burnt toad bone which suggests they snacked on amphibians.

The University of Buckingham says that the charred leg bone was found alongside fish bones and the remains of aurochs, the wild ancestor of today's cattle, at a site in the town of Amesbury, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of London.

The finding has yet to be peer-reviewed, but other experts described the dig as very significant. Natural History Museum researcher Simon Parfitt said Wednesday there was no doubt that the animal remains found there dated from prehistoric times.

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