Human diet : its origin and evolution

edited by Peter S. Ungar and Mark F. Teaford

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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  • 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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書名 Human diet : its origin and evolution
著作者等 Teaford Mark Franklyn
Teaford Mark
Ungar Peter S.
出版元 Bergin & Garvey
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 viii, 206 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0897897366
NCID BA65105664
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国