Hominid Dietary Selection Before Fire [and Comments and Reply]

  title={Hominid Dietary Selection Before Fire [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={A. Stahl and R. Dunbar and K. Homewood and F. Ikawa-Smith and A. Kortlandt and W. McGrew and K. Milton and J. D. Paterson and F. Poirier and J. Sugardjito and N. M. Tanner and R. Wrangham},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={151 - 168}
  • A. Stahl, R. Dunbar, +9 authors R. Wrangham
  • Published 1984
  • Biology
  • Current Anthropology
  • Control of fire was apparently acquired rather late in the course of hominid evolution. It is therefore necessary, in the study of dietary selection by early hominids, to consider the range of plants that would have proven inedible without cooking. Some plants contain toxins or digestibility-reducing compounds, and some plant constituents are indigestible. Cooking mitigates the impact of toxins and renders complex carbohydrates more digestible. Plant foods high in cellulose and/or starch are… CONTINUE READING
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