Have you ever wondered how the earliest cannibals behaved? Me neither, but it turns out they were pretty interesting—and frightening.
Discovery News reports that the first cannibals ate each other for the nutritional value, not out of necessity. They had other feeding options, but they chose to snack on themselves as part of the daily diet.
These cannibals, Homo antecessor, are distant relatives of humans. They hunted out other members of their species and ate them, just like they would any source of meat. The process is known as gastronomic cannibalism.
Scientists also believe the cannibals ate their enemies for political gain. Maybe this is what the “Tea Partiers” mean when they talk about “getting back to our roots.” Politics are screwed up enough as it is, so why not have everyone try to eat each other? If you want his senate seat, it’s simple. Eat him for dinner and the spot is yours. Dick Cheney would’ve loved this.