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Humans and our ancestors practiced cannibalism for hundreds of thousands of years. | Thinkstock
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Cannibalism: A History of People Who Eat People

It's not easy to stomach the fact that humans and our ancestors practiced cannibalism for hundreds of thousands of years.

Published On 05/13/2015
5:30 PM EDT
A fossilized skull of Homo antecessor. | Thinkstock
Early humans treated members of the same species as another source of meat. | Thinkstock
This medieval catapult is still in working order, though no stones have been loaded to put it into action. | Thinkstock
"Corpse medicine" was almost a barbaric form of alchemy, but common medical practice until well into the 18th century. | Thinkstock
A model displays life in a Mohawk village. | New York State Museum
Jamestown's success didn't come without a price. | National Park Service
The Donner party made camp near this site after being snowbound during the tragic winter of 1846. | National Park Service
This official portrait of former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il was released following his death in 2011. | Wikimedia Commons
Cannibalism is still an acceptable practice for some remote tribes in New Guinea. | Thinkstock