This comes to us from not the most credible of news sites, so I can’t swear to its veracity, but I expect it’s fairly accurate. They’ve found some bones in China—human bones, although a different species from those of us alive today—bearing bite marks. Human bite marks, although from a different…yeah, you got that part already, didn’t you? The bones, two pieces of a child’s thighbone discovered at the Lingjing historical site in Xuchang, Henan province, China, show evidence of having been chewed on. Scientists have not yet been able to conclusively rule that the bite marks came from other humans or from some other animal, but it’s suspected they are evidence of cannibalism taking place among the Xuchang Man population in China 100,000 years ago. Xuchang Man was a relative human species and may have left traces of its DNA in that of modern Chinese people.
I am convinced that cannibalism was commonplace amongst prehistoric humans, and that we all carry “race memories” of this practice in our collective unconscious. We only need to look at the behavior of chimpanzees today to see how our ancestors would have behaved—and chimpanzees, despite their higher cerebral natures, practice infanticide, homicide, and cannibalism. This muted memory of what we used to be is what gave birth to the werewolf as a psychological archetype. Our ancestors were monsters, and there is a sort of collective guilt and revulsion concerning our origins present in all modern peoples. We all have bloody hands, metaphorically speaking.