Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From the RealFoodChannel: TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet fad the "Paleo Diet" is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer, CNN.com, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.


Blogger Father Tyme said...

I was riding my stegosaurus to the store the other day to try to restock my granite shelves with food for the coming drought times.

They had virtually nothing left because everyone was making a run on needed items.

No big Monsanto leaves, you know, for the new outhouse.

Tried to get a jug of water but they said it all had silt in it from a volcano upstream.

Went over to the fresh meat trough and everything was picked clean. Yeah! Try to find one lousy Velociraptor steak that's even reasonably priced! 14 shells a pound! Can you imagine how much more it'll cost when those immigrants from the Siberian Land Bridge get here?

I donno. Even Fred and Barney were bitching because Dodo eggs seem to have gone missing! What's to become of breakfast?

Things are only going to get worse, I tell ya. We used to imagine a future of plenty but the way the council runs things in this place, you'd think they only care about themselves. Why, one of them even wants to make us all pay a few shells per moon to form a protection committee to keep those quarry thieves from stealing our businesses. Jobs are tough enough to find here now that Oog's guys left for that black tar place down the coast. He thinks there's gonna be some use for that stuff. Another one claims we need to start paying for someone to deliver the stone tablets to each cave! What's next, paying for air and water? Sheesh!

Oh well, gotta go. Gotta pick up a new club - meeting a new gal over at that new altar of Jeremy's!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...


As a student of anthropology and physiology, I know that humans have the flat teeth, saliva, stomach acids, and long, convoluted intestines of plant eaters. Meat eaters have pointed teeth, stomach acid that is twenty times stronger than ours, and short, wide intestines designed for passing putrefying flesh quickly.

When I once pointed that out on the bizarre website Sott, I was roundly attacked, insulted, and called assorted names. They were so hyper-defensive that their mythological caveman diet might not actually be based on fact, it was astounding.

Physical Anthropologist Richard Leakey used to snort at these cavemen theories - he pointed out that the earliest humans weren't particularly fast, or possessing abundant tools, and were not the greatest hunters. He observed that very likely a significant amount of whatever meat they ate was scavenged from the kills of other animals; i.e., carrion.

But people prefer their mythology, especially when they're using it to defend their own behavior.

12:16 PM  

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