Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Humans were apex predators for 2 million years

Posted on Monday, 12 April, 2021 | Comment icon 23 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 (23)

Tags: Human

Recent comments on this story
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.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Nosy.Matters on 29 June, 2021, 22:32
Wait, isn't there a special science that says it all started 2000 years ago? Creative mind designs or such?   /sarc
Comment icon #23 Posted by DieChecker on 30 June, 2021, 5:51
I wonder where the gigantic trash piles are? If our civilization is any gage, there should be entire strata of trash from past civilizations. Where's the trash? 

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Dogs are able to tell when someone is lying
A new study has indicated that our canine companions can often tell whether or not someone is telling the truth.
84-year-old German had WW2 tank in his cellar
Lawyers are currently negotiating penalties for a German man who was storing 'weapons of war' in his cellar.
37-year-old wakes up believing that he's 16
Daniel Porter got the fright of his life when he woke up one day having forgotten 21 years of his life.
Brainless blob can think and make decisions
Scientists have observed a type of slime mold that is surprisingly brainy given its total lack of a brain.
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 5 comments
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ