Ferment in the family tree: does a frugivorous dietary heritage influence contemporary patterns of human ethanol use?

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Humans and apes are placed together in the superfamily Hominoidea. The evolutionary trajectory of hominoids is intimately bound up with the exploitation of ripe, fleshy fruits. Fermentation of fruit sugars by yeasts produces a number of alcohols, particularly ethanol. Because of their pre-human frugivorous dietary heritage, it has been hypothesized that… (More)
DOI: 10.1093/icb/44.4.304

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