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Joseph Birdsell believed that infanticide rates in prehistoric times were between 15% and 50% of the total number of births, The children were not necessarily actively killed, but neglect and intentional malnourishment may also have occurred, as proposed by Vicente Lull as an explanation for an apparent surplus of men and the below average height of women in prehistoric Menorca.Three thousand bones of young children, with evidence of sacrificial rituals, have been found in Sardinia.
Roman historians wrote about the ideas and customs of other peoples, which often diverged from their own.
Instances of cannibalism are recorded during these periods but it is unknown if this happened during the pharaonic era of Ancient Egypt. 46–120 AD) mentions the practice, as do Tertullian, Orosius, Diodorus Siculus and Philo.
The Hebrew Bible also mentions what appears to be child sacrifice practiced at a place called the Tophet (from the Hebrew taph or toph, to burn) by the Canaanites.
Writing in the 3rd century BCE, Kleitarchos, one of the historians of Alexander the Great, described that the infants rolled into the flaming pit.
Diodorus Siculus wrote that babies were roasted to death inside the burning pit of the god Baal Hamon, a bronze statue.John Boswell believed that in ancient Germanic tribes unwanted children were exposed, usually in the forest.