Ancestral Appetites: Food in Prehistory by Kristen J. Gremillion

By Kristen J. Gremillion

This ebook explores the connection among prehistoric humans and their nutrients - what they ate, why they ate it, and the way researchers have pieced jointly the tale of previous foodways from fabric strains. modern human nutrition traditions surround a possible countless kind, yet all are primarily recommendations for assembly easy dietary wishes built over hundreds of thousands of years. people are designed by means of evolution to regulate our feeding habit and foodstuff expertise to fulfill the calls for of a variety of environments via a mixture of social and experiential studying. during this booklet, Kristen J. Gremillion demonstrates how those evolutionary methods have formed the diversification of human vitamin over a number of million years of prehistory. She attracts on proof extracted from the fabric continues to be that offer the single direct proof of the way humans procured, ready, provided, and ate up nutrition in prehistoric occasions.

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Of course stone is only one possible raw material for hunting weapons, and australopithecines and early Homo may have used perishable wood or bone to injure and kill their prey. 1) and consists of several spears made from spruce wood. Their survival following some 400,000 years of burial is a happy accident of preservation by waterlogged condi¨ tions that prevented the growth of microorganisms. 5 If they were in fact used in this way, they offered significant advantages over stabbing, which requires the hunter to get very close to a large and often angry animal.

Fishing for termites is something that chimpanzees do using bits of straw or sticks to coax them out of their nests, and australopithecines were capable of performing this task as well. None of these C4 -enriched foods alone can account for the chemical profile of early hominin teeth, but in combination they certainly would. Australopithecines were branching out from a heavily fruit-based diet to one much more attuned to a varied landscape mosaic of dense forest, grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands.

Food preparation serves symbolic as well as biological functions, conveying messages about status, gender, wealth, and the supernatural. When the transition from raw to cooked food began is not known. Most of the tools used to process plant foods, such as grinding stones and cooking pots, appear late in prehistory (after 40,000 years ago) and are associated with fully modern humans. For earlier periods, anthropologists rely on the occasional tool and evidence for the control of fire, which is often difficult to interpret.

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