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posts tagged with "diet"
Link: Captive monkey microbiomes are more like humans
The microbes quickly shift to a new dietary environment, but what fraction is borrowed from other species?
29 Aug 2016
Link: The phylogeny of our plant foods
The Botanist in the Kitchen looks at the relationships among the species of plants that humans eat.
12 Feb 2016
Link: Obesity on the rise
A long article on the science and history of obesity from the National Post of Canada.
05 Feb 2016
Notable: Beeswax found in Neolithic pottery vessels across Europe
A study of chemical residues of early pottery shards finds beeswax in widespread use.
19 Nov 2015
Why do male bonobos have such low body fat?
A study of dissected bonobos shows that their body composition differs from humans in some interesting ways.
10 Jun 2015
Link: 'Ancestral' microbiomes
Ed Yong reviews a new study of bacterial communities in the guts of hunter-gatherers, finding parasite load is the main determinant of microbiome diversity.
26 Mar 2015
Notable: Fat residues on elephant-butchering tools
An examination of stone tools from Revadim Quarry, Israel, finds some of the oldest fat residue in the archaeological record.
21 Mar 2015
Looking more deeply at a study of obesity and genetic risk
A comparison of people in the Framingham study shows that FTO had a different effect in early Baby Boomers, but I question the comparison
09 Jan 2015
Dan Fisher and the art of elephant preservation
A paleontologist looks into the conditions in which early humans may have preserved mammoth meat.
26 Nov 2014
Notable: Gorilla and chimpanzee niche partitioning and life history
A close look at stable isotopes in hair samples helps show how chimpanzees and gorillas may compete
04 Nov 2014
To fish or not to fish
Debating the value of aquatic resources in the evolution of Homo.
02 Oct 2014
An exotic intestinal infusion
A microbiome believer injects himself with a dose of Hadza feces.
30 Sep 2014
Investigating Neandertal behavior with Geraldine and Clive Finlayson
Talking to archaeologists about their work in Gorham's and Vanguard Caves, Gibraltar.
21 Sep 2014
Selection and lactase persistence
A reader asks how milk drinking could have led to a selective advantage; I answer.
20 Sep 2014
Notable: Neandertal rock dove hunting
Over 40,000 years, the Neandertals of Gorham's cave were eating local birds.
07 Aug 2014
A chimpanzee termite-eating story
Smithsonian science describes the recent research of Robert O'Malley, focusing on the nutritional aspects of termite consumption.
21 Apr 2014
The case of the Neandertal salmon
A Paleolithic forensic case rules out the other likely suspects for fish-eating at Kudaro 3.
23 Mar 2014
A short article reviews the possible implications of yarrow and chamomile consumption at El Sidron.
05 Jan 2014
Pointing to entomophagy
16 Sep 2013
Genetics of smell and population history
A study of the genetics of smell shows wide variation within populations, not between them.
21 Aug 2013
Josh Snodgrass profile
02 Aug 2013
Lactase persistence in review
31 Jul 2013
The complexity of obesity
03 Jul 2013
Domestication, plant breeding, and micronutrients
Reacting in an essay that decries the low nutritional value of some domesticated crops
26 May 2013
Weaning a Neandertal
A study of barium/calcium ratios in teeth shows a record of breastfeeding in a Neandertal from Scladina, Belgium
25 May 2013
Paleo and "physical culture" movements
04 May 2013
Oldowan hunting behaviors at Kanjera South
A faunal exploitation study finds clues about brain consumption and prey choices
29 Apr 2013
My review of "Paleofantasy"
A new book by Marlene Zuk challenges some paleo advice mongers.
14 Mar 2013
Heart disease among the ancients
12 Mar 2013
Coprolite microbial ecology
A look within the gut microbiota of ancient Americans
28 Feb 2013
Indus curry leftovers
29 Jan 2013
Selection is for the dogs
A paper finds evidence of recent selection on starch digestion in dog domestication.
23 Jan 2013
Slow cooking Neandertal subsistence
An article about Middle Paleolithic subsistence brings a focus on meat acquisition
01 Jan 2013
12 Dec 2012
Chimpanzee microbiome variation is like ours
A higher-order comparison of the gut bacterial community shows that some aspects of human variation may be ancient
13 Nov 2012
14 Oct 2012
The Stalin Age diet
I find totalitarian diet control to be unpalatable.
05 Jun 2012
Population gut metagenomics
11 May 2012
Orangutan loris capture and meat-eating
A discussion of early hominin meat-eating emerges from observations of orangutan hunting
20 Jan 2012
A stretch of Bronze Age river
04 Dec 2011
Putting together australopithecine diets
A review of microwear and stable isotope evidence of diet prompts questions about early hominin relationships.
26 Nov 2011
Mailbag: Spuds and mutts
09 Nov 2011
Potato sack race
28 Oct 2011
The diet of Gigantopithecus
Gigantopithecus was once imagined as an exclusive bamboo feeder, but evidence suggests a broader diet focused on fruits
26 Oct 2011
Mailbag: Humans are predators
20 Sep 2011
Shellfish gathering, paleoanthropological strawman
Why do archaeologists always make shellfish gathering sound like news, when we know it's not surprising?
18 Sep 2011
"Nutcracker Man" debunked
03 May 2011
Mailbag: Thick skulls and diet
12 Apr 2011
Mailbag: Diet and isotopes
29 Mar 2011
24 Mar 2011
Tartar control and Neandertal plant use
04 Jan 2011
26 Nov 2010
Copy number variation in 1000 Genomes
30 Oct 2010
11 Sep 2010
Mailbag: The capuchin australopithecines
12 Aug 2010
23 Jul 2010
Mailbag: Milk drinking
02 Jul 2010
The lion diet
30 Jun 2010
Fishy story from Koobi Fora
The Turkana Basin joins other areas providing evidence of dietary flexibility and aquatic resource use by early Homo.
13 Jun 2010
Papyrus and A. boisei
11 Jun 2010
UC-Berkeley genetic tests for freshmen
19 May 2010
What, if anything, is Australopithecus sediba?
New skeletons from Malapa, South Africa, present surprising evidence about the evolution of our genus.
08 Apr 2010
Mailbag: Food nostalgia
13 Mar 2010
The simple foods
12 Mar 2010
Mailbag: Hidden lactase persistence alleles?
20 Feb 2010
02 Feb 2010
15 Jan 2010
Mailbag: What my ancestors ate?
12 Jan 2010
"The cavemen are happy in the modern world"
11 Jan 2010
Mailbag: Grasses and bedding
22 Dec 2009
Seeds of MSA diet breadth
19 Dec 2009
The fishy spaces of the Middle Pleistocene
18 Dec 2009
You are what your ancestors ate, part 1
11 Dec 2009
07 Dec 2009
High-tech honey extraction, chimpanzee-style
26 Oct 2009
The shells of Trinil
Analysis of the invertebrate collections made by Dubois shows evidence for shellfish consumption by Homo erectus.
29 Sep 2009
Finding the identity of animal (and plant) fats
26 Sep 2009
The network effect
22 Sep 2009
Neandertals, plants, and fish
18 Sep 2009
Lactase persistence on the march
28 Aug 2009
Food: it's so good
22 Jun 2009
But will it include recipes?
27 May 2009
Arrested adaptation and "diseases of civilization"
10 May 2009
Plant processing with early Oldowan tools
05 May 2009
"You ate raw monkey for science?"
21 Apr 2009
Putting down roots
21 Apr 2009
19 Jan 2009
Neandertals: not all hypercarnivores
11 Dec 2008
Neandertal diet was not dolphin-safe
22 Sep 2008
Apes like barbecue
05 Sep 2008
The ancient struggle for existence between humans and giant clams
29 Aug 2008
Average diet versus extreme diet in robust australopithecines
07 May 2008
No spongiform Neandertals, please
04 Mar 2008
The antimalarial properties of chimpanzee geophagy
14 Jan 2008
Obesity in the genes
19 May 2007
Obesity in the genes, II
19 May 2007
The spread of acne
06 Apr 2007
Linear enamel hypoplasia and nutritional status
20 Mar 2007
Lactase persistence parallelism
11 Dec 2006
The real Neanderthin
13 Nov 2006
Robust australopithecine diet ablated
A study by Matt Sponheimer et al. demonstrates how diet changed during the growth of a single A. robustus individual.
11 Nov 2006
Shellfish use by Neandertals
I thumb through some references about Neandertal and MSA use of aquatic resources.
10 Sep 2006
Fascinated by the monkey chow diet
07 Jun 2006
The bitter taste of parallel evolution
14 Apr 2006
More on myosin mutations
01 Feb 2006
Variation in NAT1 and NAT2
15 Jan 2006
Hazards of associating genetic and morphological changes
19 Dec 2005
Tooth wear in early Homo
20 Nov 2005
Tuber or not tuber? Rats are the question
24 Aug 2005
More microwear from South African australopithecines
04 Aug 2005
Neandertals: gone fishin' or not?
02 Aug 2005
Neandertals noshed on mammoth meat?
31 Jul 2005
The origin and evolution of the Western diet
24 Mar 2005
Enamel thickness in Afropithecus
13 Mar 2005
The life and times of Gigantopithecus
08 Mar 2005
Tooth anatomy and diet in australopithecines and early humans
27 Feb 2005
Chemistry and early hominid diets
27 Feb 2005
Diet and mtDNA selection
26 Feb 2005
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