Did humans evolve to be Carnivores or Omnivores? With Miki Ben-Dor PhD
I’ve always found anthropological questions regarding human origins and hunting practices to be fascinating. Happy to have been able to talk to paleo anthropologist Miki Ben-Dor to dig into many of these issues.
9:00 Start of Podcast.
9:52 Miki’s background.
16:00 Where humans come from/context of human evolution.
21:00 Homo Erectus vs. Australopithecus diet.
28:00 Change in species availability (change from hunting megafauna to smaller animals).
32:00 Humans as hypercarnivores.
35:00 Contemporary hunter gatherer groups (the Hazda).
37:50 Iron vs. stone tools.
47:30 Hunting and Human evolution.
52:00 Neanderthals as high-trophic carnivores (nitrogen studies).
58:00 Hazda diet and health.
1:02:00 Cultural symbolism of “fat”
1:10:21 Transition from primates to humans.
1:15:00 Group hunting tactics by Homo Sapiens.
1:20:50 Shrinking brain size due to onset of agriculture.