30 Jul '17, 4pm
Uh-Oh, Paleo Dieters – Were Our Ancestors Actually Vegan? https://t.co/BLHy5ybFZO
Those who ascribe to a meat-heavy paleo diet because they think that’s what our ancestors ate may be in for a rude awakening: it seems that our relatives from the Pleistocene Era may have actually eaten a predominantly vegan diet. This theory comes from recent findings described in the journal Nature , which examined the oldest examples of dental plaque in the world from Neanderthal individuals found in Belgium and Spain. Yes, Neanderthals. While for years, people believed that Neanderthals and modern humans were different species who never interbred, recent studies, specifically a 2010 study published in Science magazine, showed that Neanderthal and human DNA are very similar (99.7 percent as compared to chimpanzees’, at 99.8), and researchers of the Neanderthal Genome Project found that 2.5 percent of an average non-African human’s genome is made up of Neanderthal DNA, s...