It is the most gruesome activity that a human can do. It is the most ancient of taboos. Stories of the Donner Party, Jamestown, and the Franklin Expedition make for ghost stories today.
But the real question is not why cannibalism occurs in humans. It is why it doesn’t occur.
Eating dead humans has clear benefits. Like cows, chickens, turkeys, and other animals that we love to feast on, humans are made of meat. Shoving all that tasty meat in a hole in the ground during a funeral ceremony is a terrible waste of resources. For the majority of humans’ time on Earth those resources could have made the difference between life and death.
Learn more about why cannibalism doesn’t happen in this episode and the few surprising ways that it does.
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