Gramma Jackie wrote:Also, since this is a revolutionary evolutionary type thread I would just like to say that although there might be a case made for eating meat based upon the fact that both our cousins, the Neanderthals and our direct ancestors, the Cro-Magnon were hunters. But I personally think that gluten intolerance will someday be minimal. Why do I think this is a good thing, since our forbears ate meat? [/i]."
Yes, Gramma Jackie, for certain our ancestral cousins the Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon were hunters and ate meat, it doesn't necessarily mean that they ate a lot of meat.
Since they had to expend so much energy partaking in a hunt, they probably didn't eat meat that often, but rather shared it with the group, and subsisted on plant materials all the other times.
I read somewhere and it makes total sense to me that the reason we think our ancestors ate so much meat is because of all the animal bones that were excavated where our ancestors hung out. HOwever, that's just because the bones don't decompose like plant matter, so that is what they find. Our ancestors still eat a large amount of plants, even if the archeologists don't find the traces, as they decomposed long ago.
They were likely omnivores more so than carnivores.
We are also genetically similar to the chimpanzee, who eats mainly plants along with a large amount of insects and a small amount of meat.
What do you think?