So Neanderthals probably ate significant amounts of plants. Why did anyone ever think otherwise? Read More
The paleo diet includes plants, do your research please. I don't think its anything special mind you, but come on, this just makes you look silly.
In fact, the point of my blog post is about the more general question: why do people try so hard to make our close evolutionary cousins seem more distinct from us than the evidence actually shows? This includes over-emphasis on those aspects of scholarship that documented consumption of animal protein-- scholarship that has always been understood by specialists as partial, due to the difficulty (until new methods started to be employed to identify micro-residues) of documenting plant consumption.
As is evident by a review of the news coverage, one of the main reactions to the latest article has been to see it as "disproving" the Palaeo diet. You may be irritated that I characterize it as a modern invention. But that is irrefutable: what we know about ancient diet and the human adaptation does not justify any modern diet that emphasizes meat and reduces carbohydrate consumption based on a claim that this was the natural human diet.
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Rosemary Joyce, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley.
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