Caveman diet included crocodiles

Published on June 3rd, 2010 | by Admin


Apparently the caveman diet included eating crocodiles, which may have helped early humans evolve bigger brains.

The work is based on bones and artifacts from a prehistoric “kitchen” that make up the earliest evidence that humans ate aquatic animals.

Stone tools and the butchered bones of turtles, crocodiles, and fish were found at the 1.95-million-year-old site in northern Kenya. No human bones were found, but the combination of remains suggests early humans used the site specifically to prepare meals.

According to the study authors, the addition of water-based prey into early-human diets may have been what boosted brain size in certain hominins—humans plus human ancestral species and their close evolutionary relatives.

That’s because reptiles and fish are particularly rich in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Some experts think this so-called good fat was “part of the package” of human brain evolution, said study leader David Braun, an archaeologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Discovering evidence for “brain food” in the late Pliocene (about 3 to 1.8 million years ago) may explain how bigger brains—for instance in our likely direct ancestor Homo erectus—arose in humans and their relatives about 1.8 million years ago, Braun said.

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2 Responses to Caveman diet included crocodiles

  1. Normand Qin says:

    Proponents of this diet argue that modern human populations subsisting on traditional diets allegedly similar to those of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers are largely free of diseases of affluence,and that multiple studies of the Paleolithic diet in humans have shown improved health outcomes relative to other widely recommended diets.””^,

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  2. health info says:

    Regardless of the origin of the name, the caveman diet has many of the same principles as the paleo diet. It’s focused primarily on eating higher quantities of real, unprocessed, non-packaged food that cavemen could have eating thousands of years ago, before Safeway, Walmart and all of the other mega-super-duper-grocery stores we have available in today’s world. Here are the basics:

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