This podcast is a mirror of the story of human evolution, it is both varied and somewhat complex. Stephen and I get into the following;
Should humans being following the diet trends of our ancestors?
What does ancestral really mean?
Did early humans persistence hunt? Or did they hunt more like wolves?
What role has human evolution and anthropology played in our ideas of race and cultural differences today.
A bit on barefoot running.
This podcast easily could have went on for hours, we'll try to get Stephen back on the show soon!
"My research explores the ecology and evolution of ancient humans' tool-assisted carnivory. Eating animals and using tools to butcher is an important intersection between the diet and technology. The ecological contexts surrounding this change in foraging behavior have likely influenced major trends in human evolution — like brain size expansion and increasing complexity of food production and consumption. In the contemporary world, diet is an important lens for examining culture, human health, and poverty; by examining industrialized food production, it is easy to appreciate the tremendous technological power that humanity wields as it produces more abundant, nutritious, cost-effective foods. Precisely because of the unprecedented ecological power our technology affords, humanity must act responsibly as we control other species’ genotypes, ensure equitable access to nutritious foods around the globe, and mediate the human footprint on the earth.