I am Ph.D candidate at the department of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. I research the connection between human evolution and nutrition throughout human prehistory.
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A recent paper (Weyrich et al., 2017) received an enormous amount of publicity, with a claim that Neandertals in El Sidron, Spain were vegetarians. Some media headlines could even be interpreted as suggesting that the Paleo Diet was vegetarian.
The … Read the rest
The headlines are all over the media: The Paleo Diet May Need a Rewrite, Ancient Humans Feasted on a Wide Variety of Plants writes the Smithsonian and defines the Paleo diet as a baseless “fad”. Amanda Henry, a prominent … Read the rest
Big Brain Need Carb is the title of the press announcement that accompanied the publication of a paper by Hardy et al. that was slightly more mutely titled “The Importance of Dietary Carbohydrate in Human Evolution” (1).
I don’t think … Read the rest
The popularity of the Paleo Diet brings a slew of debunking attempts from dietitians and academics answering the call of their vocation to save the world from the big Paleo Diet debacle.
It motivated evolutionary biologist Marlen Zuk to write … Read the rest
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you and then you win”. This is the famous Gandhi quote rephrasing a quote by a forgotten US union leader by the name of Nicholas Klien.
The roll of … Read the rest
A new paper in Nature lends support to the evolution of the Homo genus toward specialisation (in hunting)
I would intuitively argue that evolutionary adaptations, in any species, are more frequently associated with the need to obtain nourishment than with any other need, including sex.
The question of whether the Homo genus trended toward dietary specialisation or generalisation is thus of prime … Read the rest
From time to time a prominent Paleolithic researchers of one discipline or another remark, apparently in reference to popular Paleo dogma, that: “there were many Paleo diets” or that “there was no single Paleolithic diet”. The last one to … Read the rest
I consider every morning I wake up as another piece of evidence in support of the hypothesis that I am alive. In other words, I try not to forget that most of our conclusions and understandings are no more than … Read the rest
The basic reason why evolution has endowed us, and indeed every animal, with the ability to accumulate fat is quite obvious – the accumulation of an energetic buffer to be used at times of shortage.
What is less appreciated however … Read the rest
As you may recall from the previous post on the subject we are dealing here with two hypotheses generally referred to as “Specialization” and “Versatility”. In other words did our brain grow to enable us to hunt more efficiently (… Read the rest