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'Cannibal Couple' Accused of Killing, Eating Up to 30 People

Police led to couple by selfie of man with severed hand in his mouth

(Newser) - Russian investigators believe a couple may have killed, skinned, and eaten up to 30 people over the past two decades, even secretly feeding "canned human meat" to unsuspecting soldiers at the military academy where they worked, the Washington Post reports. According to the Moscow Times , a construction worker in... More »

They Ate Their Friend. Then They Made Art

15K-year-old human radial bone shows signs of ritual cannibalism

(Newser) - The radius and the ulna bones of the forearm were separated at the joint, cleaned, and chewed. But that was only the start of a cannibalistic ritual taking place in England some 15,000 years ago, scientists say after analyzing a bone with unusual markings found in a cave in... More »

Sorry, Cannibals: Humans Just Aren't That Nutritious

Try a boar instead

(Newser) - A human heart might seem like a hefty chunk of meat, but its 650 calories would hardly fill up a hungry cannibal living in Paleolithic times. It's a finding that is forcing researchers to rethink why cannibalism was practiced in that period if not as a last resort to... More »

Ancient Spanish Cave-Dwellers Ate People

But it's unclear why they turned to cannibalism 10K years ago

(Newser) - The first evidence of cannibalism in Mesolithic Spain has been found, a study published in this month's Journal of Anthropological Archaeology reveals. That evidence comes in the form of 30 human remains discovered in a cave at the Coves de Santa Maria. The remains are between 9,000 and... More »

Chimp Leader Killed, Eaten by His Former Subjects

It's a very rare occurrence of chimps killing in their own community

(Newser) - It was already a rare occurrence when a group of chimpanzees murdered one of their own—and then they started eating the body. In a study published last week in the International Journal of Primatology , researchers recount only the ninth recorded murder of a chimp by its own community. In... More »

Fla. Face-Eating Suspect: 'I've Got a Psycho Side'

Austin Harrouff now in stable condition: police

(Newser) - "It's like he just—changed." That's how Austin Harrouff's mom described her son's behavior to a 911 operator Monday after the 19-year-old fled a Florida restaurant following an argument with his father, reports the Miami Herald . Mina Harrouff said her son had been acting... More »

How Flakka Can Turn Man to Cannibal

Drug alters mood, leads to paranoia

(Newser) - The disturbing murder of a couple in Florida is just the latest case linked to flakka to make headlines recently—but what is flakka? Also known as Alpha-PVP or "gravel," the drug looks like tiny white or pink stones—like those you might find at the bottom of... More »

Neanderthals 'Thoroughly' Butchered Their Own

Researchers excavated 99 bones and fragments from a cavern in Belgium

(Newser) - Neanderthals appear to have had quite the appetite for, well, one another, at least according to findings by researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Reporting in the journal Scientific Reports , they say that an analysis of 99 new Neanderthal remains from a cavern in Belgium that date... More »

1972 Crash Survivor Recalls Descent Into Cannibalism

Roberto Canessa has written a new book on the ordeal in the Andes

(Newser) - "It was our final goodbye to innocence," writes Roberto Canessa, describing the decision he and his fellow survivors made to consume the flesh of those who died when their plane slammed into the Andes in October 1972. In I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the ... More »

Fearing Cannibalism, Aquarium Cancels Octopus Sex Show

No love for Kong this year

(Newser) - For visitors to the Seattle Aquarium, Valentine's Day just wasn't the same this year, after the annual giant Pacific octopus sex exhibition was canceled. But it's not because aquarium staff came to the conclusion that it's weird to invite a bunch of people to come watch... More »

Stranded Explorers Became More Than Cannibals

Scientists finally learn the lengths British shipmen went to survive

(Newser) - Call it cannibalism-plus. Scientists have learned that a group of British Navy shipmen stranded in the Canadian Arctic in the mid-1840s didn't just cut the flesh off their fellow crewmen's bones to survive, they also cracked those bones to suck out the marrow. Reporting in the International Journal ... More »

Tribe Became Immune to Brain Disease— by Eating Brains

The cannibalistic practice spread disease that some managed to resist

(Newser) - When members of the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea ate the brains of their extended kin at funerals, it was their way of paying respect. Unfortunately, the ritual also helped spread kuru prion disease, a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)—a rare but fatal brain disease that can lead... More »

Archaeologists Learn How Cannibals Prepared Flesh

Some bones appear to have been boiled with axiote or chilli

(Newser) - With evidence of cannibalism persisting throughout many eras and across many lands, scientists recently set out to determine precisely how one known group of cannibals prepared human flesh. Reporting in the journal Archaeometry , they say the remains of 18 men, women, and children dating to between 700BC and 500BC, found... More »

Scientists Uncover More Disturbing Form of Sexual Cannibalism

Some hungry praying mantises lure in males by lying about their health

(Newser) - If you don't know about sexual cannibalism, here's a quick primer: It's most common among insects and arachnids, and typically involves a female luring in a male for sex only to eat it, often via beheading, thereby promoting egg development and the likelihood of successful procreation. But... More »

PETA Asks Sheriff to Feed Alleged Cannibal Vegan Diet

But don't expect it to happen

(Newser) - PETA thinks it's got the perfect diet for a man accused of murder and cannibalism—a vegan one. As USA Today reports, the animal-rights group has caused a fuss with its letter to the acting sheriff of Indiana's Clark County suggesting the meat- and dairy-free meal plan for... More »

Why Cannibalism Is Bad for Your Health

Can cause a pretty awful-sounding disease: Gizmodo

(Newser) - Have you ever wondered if would be OK—healthwise, not morally speaking—to feast on a fellow human? If so, Gizmodo has some answers. The strongest case against cannibalism is a version of mad cow disease or Creutzfeld-Jacob disease known as kuru to the Fore people of Papua New Guinea.... More »

Octopus Love Involves Strangulation, Cannibalism

Scientists observe one killing, eating her partner

(Newser) - Some guys fall asleep after a little love-making. But if you’re a male octopus, that nap can be more like eternal rest. Two scientists have detailed how carnal relations between a lady octopus and her lover can prove fatal for the male, especially if he’s not that well-endowed,... More »

What's a Cannibal's Caloric Intake?

Eating an arm would offer about 1.8K calories

(Newser) - Popular Science has some nutritional information for Hannibal Lecter: It's probably best not to eat an entire human at once. Scientist James Cole finds that a whole person probably contains about 81,500 calories—about 40 times more than your recommended daily value. But individual pieces of person... More »

'Cannibal' Cop's Conviction Overturned

Sick emails don't constitute conspiracy, judge decides

(Newser) - The former New York City cop who fantasized about kidnapping, torturing, and eating women is definitely a disturbing individual, but he's not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, a judge has decided. In a ruling issued late last night, a federal judge overturned the conviction of Gilberto Valle, saying the... More »

Man Eats Own Hip, Calls It Art

'It was goaty,' Alexander Selvik Wengshoel says

(Newser) - A Norwegian art student says the deformed hip that caused him a lifetime of pain became something much more pleasant when boiled and served with potatoes. Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25, says he spent a year convincing doctors to let him keep the bone after an operation to replace it, and... More »

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