I posted this controversial video for general viewing here on T/A, and sure enough it didn't take but a few minutes for the first opposing comment to be made. Nothing is known for sure when and how much meat early man consumed, so the debate remains to one degree or another. I listed a few links on the subject which I haven't yet read in full, but seemed to begin to offer some researched material worth reading.

So What's Your Opinion?

Vegan Video

Meat-Eating and Human Evolution
Edited by Craig B. Stanford and Henry T. Bunn

When, why, and how early humans began to eat meat are three of the most fundamental unresolved questions in the study of human origins. Before 2.5 million years ago the presence and importance of meat in the hominid diet is unknown. After stone tools appear in the fossil record it seems clear that meat was eaten in increasing quantities, but whether it was obtained through hunting or scavenging remains a topic of intense debate. This book takes a novel and strongly interdisciplinary approach to the role of meat in the early hominid diet, inviting well-known researchers who study the human fossil record, modern hunter-gatherers, and nonhuman primates to contribute chapters to a volume that integrates these three perspectives. Stanford's research has been on the ecology of hunting by wild chimpanzees. Bunn is an archaeologist who has worked on both the fossil record and modern foraging people. This will be a reconsideration of the role of hunting, scavenging, and the uses of meat in light of recent data and modern evolutionary theory. There is currently no other book, nor has there ever been, that occupies the niche this book will create for itself.

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Were Humans Meant to Eat Meat?

By Sally Deneen

Cardiologist William C. Roberts hails from the famed cattle state of Texas, but he says this without hesitation: Humans aren't physiologically designed to eat meat. "I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn't take a genius to see where humans line up," says Roberts, editor in chief of The American Journal of Cardiology and medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. © Stephen Kroninger


What Early Hominids Ate
From Tooth Enamel,
a Hint of Diet

By Kenneth Chang
September 30, 2004


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There are at least seven differences between (predominantly) vegetarian and carnivorous mammals:
1. Carnivorous teeth are all pointed, no flat incisors or molars;
2. Vegetarians' ability to move jaw left and right;
3. Cheek structure {sipping (vegetarians) or lapping (carnivores) to drink};
4. Vegetarians have saliva that is alkaline and contains ptyalin;
5. The stomach acidity of a carnivore is ten times that of a vegetarian;
6. A vegetarian's intestine is 3 times the length of a carnivore of the same size. A man has 30 ft.
7 Man cannot make vitamin C (found only in fresh plants) in his body

During the ice ages, roots, shoots and fruits were hard to find. We had to learn to eat meat or starve, and become extinct. The taste for meat is acquired and was passed on from parent to child. With the ice ages gone, the need to eat meat is no longer present. However, some vegans have low vitamin B-12. If you eat more raw VGs the friendly bacteria in your gut will make all the B-12 you need.

I believe humans have been able to eat the wrong food, in this case meat, simply because during most part of our evolution we never lived old enough to be killed by CVD and atherosclerosis.  Meat eating is very much like smoking. It kills you after the age of 40-50. Since most humans, and certainly prehistoric humans and pre-hominides used to die before the age of 30, probably of violent death,  they could eat meat with total impunity. Meat eating probably added some convenience, such as getting protein very quickly in concentrated form. But since it does come in the wrong package for our cardio vascular system, it's a bad idea once you've decided not to die around 30 and have a long, healthy life.  



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