Role Of Meat And Protein In Hominin Evolution

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In chapter 3, John D. Speth discusses the role of meat and protein in hominin evolution. How and when meat was obtained is considered as well as meat’s impact on hominin development. Speth discusses when and where evolutionary factors, such as bipedalism, began and the possibility of it being where game was scarce; pointing out that meat eating came later in the evolutionary time scale. Therefore, meat eating cannot account for human’s two legs (bipedalism) but can account for the evolutionary increase in brain size. The author also discusses the hunting-scavenging debate to further question how the early hominins obtained the meat they did. Speth points out that they were likely scavengers not hunters this early in history. Speth states repeatedly

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