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Meat-Eating and Human Evolution
When, why, and how early humans began to eat meat are three of the most fundamental unresolved questions in the study of human origins. Before 2.5 million years ago the presence and importance of meat in the hominid diet is unknown. After stone tools appear in the fossil record it seems clear that meat was eaten in increasing quantities, but whether it was obtained through ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 14th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2001)
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My main issue with this volume is with the lack of transparency concerning the people studied in the ethnographic accounts. For instance, there are some rather remarkable claims about meat-transfer patterns among a "traditional" whaling society in Indonesia. However, whaling in Indonesia was subject to significant development efforts in the 1970's. Somehow, this escapes mention in the essay. In addition, claims made concerning food transfer along "kin" lines still seems to rest on the assumption ...more