Evolution and Diet – Archive

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How can bitter foods be good for us when they taste so bad? – Resolving the paradox - Keir Watson presents his carefully argued hypothesis based on evolutionary considerations of hunter-gatherer feast-famine cycles, that explains why bitter foods stimulate cellular functions essential for health.
Paleo veggies (video and infographic) - Spoiler Alert! The Paleo diet included veggies. Recent evidence confirms the obvious: our hunter gatherer ancestors both hunted AND gathered.
Neanderthal Herbal Medicine - Recent evidence has uncovered the use of herbal medicines amongst our closest evolutionary cousin. We look at the therepeutic properties of these herbs.
The Waterside Ape on BBC Radio 4 - Listen Again: an excellent introduction into controversial theory that humans evolved in riverside / shoreline environments.
GUEST POST from Miki Ben-Dor: “Big brains needed carbs” (???) - Miki Ben-Dor from Tel Aviv University brings his expertise of paleo-anthropology to bear on the question of whether cooked starches drove human evolution.
Did cooked tubers drive human evolution? - Recent claims that starchy tubers drove human brain evolution are put under the microscope. Studies of the Hadza suggest otherwise.
Seafood, Sex and Evolution (3 videos) - Watch our recent public talk on the role of seafood in brain health, evolution and female sexiness. (Three videos)
Milk & Alcohol – was the good Doctor on to something? - Milk and alcohol - which featured in Dr Feelgood's 1978 hit of the same name - have opposing effects on gut health.
Why were ancient teeth healthier than ours? - Unpicking the complexities of how human oral health changed with the advent of agriculture.
Marrow Bones - Cheap, delicious and nutritious. Bone marrow was a key Palaeolithic food.
Endurance Running and Superior Throwing Provide Evidence of Man’s Evolutionary Diet - Humans are the best long distance runners in the animal kingdomand have superior throwing ability
Man the Hunter - About 2 million year's ago the human brain began an exponential growth in size, unparalleled in the animal kingdom. What propelled this remarkable development?