Tag Archives: evolution

Did We Climb The Food Chain?

In this program I look once again at our food choices and see if they are matched by our biology.

In program 4, Food From First Principles, I showed that our dental anatomy is primitive and has not adapted to meat consumption like the chimpanzee has.
Program 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMc5RdPahiE

In this program we will look at how different animals stand up against atherosclerosis, a chronic degenerative disease in humans. Can our dietary origins explain this physiological problem?

What is the optimal anthropoid primate diet?
http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0112/0112009.pdf

Incisor-molar relationships in chimpanzees and other hominoids: implications for diet and phylogeny
http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10329-004-0109-5.pdf

The Selfish Gene
http://www.amazon.com/The-Selfish-Gene-Edition-Introduction/dp/0199291152

Harpers Biochemistry (24th ed)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harpers-Biochemistry-24th-ed-MURRAY/dp/0838536115

Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlubvTMLrLM
By age 10, nearly all kids have fatty streaks in their arteries This is the first sign of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of death in the United States.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1583332723/

Galemys, 16 (nº especial): 101-113, 2004, ISSN: 1137-8700,
DIET OF THE WILD BOAR IN THE FRENCH ALPS
ERIC BAUBET1, CHRISTOPHE BONENFANT1-2 AND SERGE BRANDT
http://www.secem.es/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Galemys-16-NE-008-Baubet-101-113.pdf

Primate Info Net, The Long Tailed macaque
http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/long-tailed_macaque

Dietary shift of an invasive predator: rats, seabirds and sea turtles
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2326384/

The Pictorial Guide To The Living Primates
http://www.amazon.com/Pictorial-Guide-Living-Primates/dp/0964882515

Heart disease is common in humans and chimpanzees, but
is caused by different pathological processes
http://cmm.ucsd.edu/varki/varkilab/Publications/A173.pdf

Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8

Food From First Principles

In this program I take up the challenge of explaining what we should eat using biological science.

I’ve been studying food and nutrition for over 27 years. My views have not been sullied by institutional dogmas and corporate interests leaving me free to think outside the box.

Forget the paleo diet! I’m talking about going Miocene. Bon appétit.

All primary sources are given during the program as I use them and below.

What is the optimal anthropoid primate diet?
http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0112/0112009.pdf
Physicist Hans Dehmelts wants to know what the optimal diet for humans is, but he can’t wait for the empirical results because he needs to eat it now. Given that organisms are adapted to the environment of their ancestors he uses the chimpanzee to provide a model for our ancestral diet.

Incisor-molar relationships in chimpanzees and other hominoids: implications for diet and phylogeny
http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10329-004-0109-5.pdf
Martin Pickfords paper reveals that the chimpanzee is a more derived species than we are, it has evolved adaptations to consume meat. Humans have a more conservative dental morphology in keeping with our Miocene ancestors. Humans have not adapted to meat eating. If we use the chimpanzee as our ancestral diet model we should ignore its meat eating habits.

The Selfish Gene
http://www.amazon.com/The-Selfish-Gene-Edition-Introduction/dp/0199291152
Richard Dawkins discusses the improbability of a herbivore evolving into a carnivore.