Human Diet

Human Diet

by Peter S. Ungar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897897366

ISBN-13: 9780897897365

Pub. Date: 03/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Diet is key to understanding the past, present, and future of our species. Much of human evolutionary success can be attributed to our ability to consume a wide range of foods. On the other hand, recent changes in the types of foods we eat may lie at the root of many of the health problems we face today. To deal with these problems, we must understand the evolution

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Overview

Diet is key to understanding the past, present, and future of our species. Much of human evolutionary success can be attributed to our ability to consume a wide range of foods. On the other hand, recent changes in the types of foods we eat may lie at the root of many of the health problems we face today. To deal with these problems, we must understand the evolution of the human diet.

Studies of traditional peoples, non-human primates, human fossil and archaeological remains, nutritional chemistry, and evolutionary medicine, to name just a few, all contribute to our understanding of the evolution of the human diet. Still, as analyses become more specialized, researchers become more narrowly focused and isolated. This volume attempts to bring together authors schooled in a variety of academic disciplines so that we might begin to build a more cohesive view of the evolution of the human diet. The book demonstrates how past diets are reconstructed using both direct analogies with living traditional peoples and non-human primates, and studies of the bones and teeth of fossils. An understanding of our ancestral diets reveals how health relates to nutrition, and conclusions can be drawn as to how we may alter our current diets to further our health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897897365
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Perspectives on the Evolution of Human Diet by Peter S. Unger and Mark F. Teaford

Evolution, Diet, and Health by S. Boyd Eaton, Stanley B. Eaton III, and Loren Cordain

Post-Pleistocene Human Evolution: Bioarchaeology of the Agriculture Transition by Clark Spencer Larsen

Early Childhood Health in Foragers by Sara Stinson

Meat-Eating, Grandmothering, and the Evolution of Early Human Diets by James O'Connell, Kristen Hawkes, and Nicholas Blurton Jones

A Two-Stage Model of Increased Dietary Quality in Early Hominid Evolution: The Role of Fiber by Nancy Lou Conklin-Brittain, Richard W. Wrangham, and Catherine C. Smith

Plants of the Apes I: Is There a Hominoid Model for the Origins of the Hominoid Diet? by Peter S. Rodman

Hunter-Gatherer Diets: Wild Foods Signal Relief from Diseases of Affluence by Katharine Milton

Hominid Dietary Niches from Proxy Chemical Indicators in Fossils: The Swartkrans Example by Julia Lee-Thorp

Paleontological Evidence for the Diets of African Plio-Pleistocene Hominids with Special Reference to Early Homo by Mark F. Teaford, Peter S. Ungar, and Frederick E. Grine

Bibliography

Index

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