The Evolution of the Human Diet with Briana Pobiner

Released Monday, 23rd July 2018
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Briana Pobiner is a paleoanthropologist whose research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as human cannibalism and chimpanzee carnivore. She leads the Human Origins project at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and is a total expert in her area. This was an incredibly fascinating episode for anyone into the human story.

In this episode we made the most of Briana's expertise to pick her brains about the involvement of eating meat in Human Evolution, host Sam asks if turning Vegan can make you de-evolve....it can't. We learn how scavenging for meat may have been our early ancestors most effective way to survive and how Briana's research led her into following Lions around the plains to see if they had finished their main course. We broke the entire course of Human history into a week and discovered that Homo-Sapiens turned up really late on Sat evening, took the house over and then trashed it. Plus we look at the evidence for people eating each other way before any crashed Argentinean rugby teams.

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