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The Role of Diet in the Evolution of Hominids
An examination of the role of diet in evolution and the relationship between brain size and diet.
# 109746 | 1,600 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2008 in Anthropology (General) , Biology (General) , History (General) , Nutrition (General)

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This paper discusses and examines the role and importance of diet in the evolution of hominids. The paper also looks at the substantial evidence of the link between increased brain capacity and power and evolution and diet among hominids. The paper concludes that diet played a significant role in evolution and that brain size is related to a radical change of diet in the distant past, however, diet should be seen in conjunction with and in relation to other factors.

Table of Contents:
Introduction and Overview
Brain Power and Diet

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dobzhansky, Theodosius. Evolution, Genetics, and Man. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1955.
  • Aiello L. and Wheeler P. The Expensive-Tissue Hypothesis: the Brain and the Digestive System in Human and Primate Evolution. Current Anthropology, Vol. 36, No. 2. (Apr., 1995), pp. 199-221. December 2, 2007.
  • Blumenberg B. et al, The Evolution of the Advanced Hominid Brain Current Anthropology, Vol. 24, No. 5. (Dec., 1983), pp. 589-623. December 1, 2007.
  • Diet, Evolution, and Culture. December 1, 2007.
  • Eaton, S. Boyd, Stanley B. Eaton, and Loren Cordain. "Chapter 2 Evolution, Diet, and Health." Human Diet: Its Origin and Evolution. Ed. Peter S. Ungar and Mark F. Teaford. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, 2002. 7-17.

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