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June 5, 2011
Why haven't carnivores evolved to be as smart as or smarter than humans if meat is the key to brain evolution? Also, some of the great apes, such as chimpanzees, are omnivores, so same question. I am honestly wondering, not trying to pick a fight or anything. It just seems like some logic is missing in this theory, but maybe I'm missing part of the evolutionary picture. Thanks
February 22, 2010
That's actually an excellent question!
The reason is this: most carnivores have physical adaptations for catching and eating prey. Lions (and other big cats) are big, strong, and have teeth and claws for seizing and killing prey. Spotted hyenas have amazing endurance and the strongest jaws of any large animal. Snakes have venom and/or the ability to coil and crush their prey, and the ability to hide in ambush just about anywhere. Sharks, wolves, crocodiles...the list goes on and on, and it's easy to name the physical adaptations natural selection has produced in each.
In contrast, our australopithecine ancestors had no such physical adaptations! They were smaller, weaker, slower, and inferior in every physical way to the existing predatory species, with two key exceptions:
2. Opposable thumbs
This allowed us to make and use tools, a process which began at least 2.6 million years ago (click for article), and which obviously placed a premium on both intelligence and the capacity to learn. We didn't need big teeth to tear meat from bones: we needed the intelligence to make and use sharp rocks. We didn't need to be large or powerful in order to tackle and bring down prey: we needed to throw rocks accurately, and later spears. And so on.
I follow a diet low in grains and high in meat, eggs and greens. I eat lean meat,and no-fat greek yogurt, but lot's of avacadoes and coconut oil. I avoid sugar as much as possible. This diet has been working very well for me for a number of years now.
February 22, 2010
Thanks for this amazing website. I read your book in about a day since I couldn't put it down. I follow a very low carb paleo type diet, specifically because I believe we evolved to do so. I loved your article series on the evolution of the human brain. Any chance a fresh post in that regard will come out in the near future? If not, totally understandable as I bet you're busy as hell. Bottom line is I want to say thanks for creating this space. It is brimming with sources to back up your claims and I love viewing nutrition from the light of evolution.
It's amazing, most people seem to have forgotten where we've come from as a species. I don't even look at grains as food anymore. Food is meat
I actually ended up here wonderim why it was that i dont ever crave fat
ps: i follow a hclf vegan lifestyle and i feel amazing
This actually makes a lot of sense! I was looking for informations on this for a blog post I am writing but I think you covered the topic A to Z! Now I wonder if there is a link between the season (winter) and "fat cravings"
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