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Humans were apex predators for 2 million years

Posted on Monday, 12 April, 2021 | Comment icon 21 comments

Our ancestors were big fans of eating meat. Image Credit: NPS - PD
A new study has indicated that Homo sapiens dined almost exclusively on meat for over two million years.
One of the most popular dietary trends currently is the so-called paleo diet, which focuses on a balance of fruit, nuts, fish and lean meats thought to mirror the diet of our prehistoric ancestors.

In reality, however, our ancestors dined much more heavily on meat for up to two million years, that is, at least, according to the findings of a new study by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University and the University of Minho in Portugal.

By analyzing the results of hundreds of previous studies, the team was able to conclude that modern hunter-gatherers have given us the wrong impression of what our prehistoric ancestors ate.

"This comparison is futile, however, because two million years ago hunter-gatherer societies could hunt and consume elephants and other large animals - while today's hunter gatherers do not have access to such bounty," said Miki Ben-Dor of Tel Aviv University.
"We decided to use other methods to reconstruct the diet of stone-age humans: to examine the memory preserved in our own bodies, our metabolism, genetics and physical build."

"Human behavior changes rapidly, but evolution is slow. The body remembers."

According to the study, evidence points to the likelihood that our ancestors became highly carnivorous around 2.5 million years ago and this continued until 11,700 years ago.

After that, plant consumption became more commonplace and comparisons between our ancestors and modern hunter-gatherers become more useful.

The Neolithic revolution of farming and agriculture would ultimately see mankind move onto the path that would lead to modern civilization and the eventual diets that we see today.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (21)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hammerclaw on 12 April, 2021, 14:27
Damn! You must be some special kind of stupid.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Abramelin on 12 April, 2021, 16:49
Extensive quoting is often a sign someone stopped thinking for her/himself.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Myles on 12 April, 2021, 17:02
Every generation?   
Comment icon #15 Posted by gillmanjoe on 12 April, 2021, 17:40
being an anthropology major I would like to add that 99% of all facts are guesses
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin on 12 April, 2021, 17:58
Comment icon #17 Posted by Abramelin on 12 April, 2021, 18:25
Based on what, aside of fantasy?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Abramelin on 12 April, 2021, 18:27
And I am the grandson of Albert Einstein, and I say you are wrong.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Trelane on 14 April, 2021, 2:50
Soooo, Ron Swanson has the correct diet?
Comment icon #20 Posted by gillmanjoe on 14 April, 2021, 6:09
so you are questioning science?
Comment icon #21 Posted by Abramelin on 14 April, 2021, 11:03
No, I'm questioning you.

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