Eating elephant meat aided human evolution … take that vegetarians

Go check out this article about human evolution aided through hunting and eating elephants.

Yes, elephants.

A snippet:

When Tel Aviv University researchers Dr. Ran Barkai, Miki Ben-Dor, and Prof. Avi Gopher of TAU’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies examined the published data describing animal bones associated with Homo erectus at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov in Israel, they found that elephant bones made up only two to three percent the total. But these low numbers are misleading, they say. While the six-ton animal may have only been represented by a tiny percentage of bones at the site, it actually provided as much as 60 percent of animal-sourced calories.

The elephant, a huge package of food that is easy to hunt, disappeared from the  400,000 years ago — an event that must have imposed considerable nutritional stress on Homo erectus. Working with Prof. Israel Hershkovitz of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, the researchers connected this evidence about  with other cultural and anatomical clues and concluded that the new hominids recently discovered at Qesem Cave in Israel — who had to be more agile and knowledgeable to satisfy their dietary needs with smaller and faster prey — took over the Middle Eastern landscape and eventually replaced Homo erectus.

Via Kottke.org

3 thoughts on “Eating elephant meat aided human evolution … take that vegetarians

  1. from the snippet it seems like the complete opposite of what you’re trying to claim. It is the lack of elephant meat that aided human evolution

  2. I’m a vegetarian and for me personally this made my health much better. I dont want to go back eating those meat with lots of harmful fats that clogs your arteries.

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