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Saturday, July 21 • 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Are we carnivores? Implications for protein consumption

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Past attempts to estimate the plant: animal ratio of the Paleolithic Diet (e.g., Eaton and Konner, 1985; Cordain et al., 2000; Marlowe, 2005; Kuipers et al., 2010) were based mainly on recent hunter-gatherers’ data. I show that the available ethnographic data is misleading in that it is historically inaccurate and even if it were, significant technological and ecological changes since the Paleolithic prevents the application of this data to the prediction of Paleolithic diets.Archaeology is also a poor source of quantitative prediction of the plant: animal ratio of the Paleolithic diet since plants residues are only rarely preserved.This state of affairs leaves the human physiological record, such as anatomy, metabolism, and genes, as the primary source where an evolutionary record of past plant: animal ratio in the diet is preserved. This record is reviewed, and a clear picture of the plant: animal ratio to which we evolved emerges.

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Miki Ben-Dor

BA, MBA, Doctoral candidate
After publishing three scientific papers, Miki Ben-Dor has recently presented his PHD thesis at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Tel Aviv. He has a BA in Economics and an MBA. During the last 9 years he has researched the dietary context of human evolution. Miki... Read More →

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:10pm - 4:50pm MDT
Room 233/235