Building conclusions from the remnants of excreted hare bones

“How did they reach that conclusion? … If you eat a shrew whole, and excrete its bones, the bones will have specific hallmarks of human digestion, typified by the concentration of stomach acid and so on. In fact a scientific team won an Ig Nobel Prize in 2013 for studying what happens to shrew bones if the micro-mammal is eaten whole by a human.”

So explains a news report in Haaretz, about a new study: “Prehistoric People Hunted With Dogs in Jordan, Archaeologists Conclude From Hare Explosion.”

This photo shows some of the bone fragments studied in the, er, study: