The Evolution of Human Nutrition
Tracing the evolution of the human diet from our earliest ancestors can lead to a better understanding of human adaptation in the past. It may also offer clues to the origin of many health problems that we currently face, such as obesity and chronic disease. The CARTA public symposium on "The Evolution of Human Nutrition" brought together scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds to explore the diets of our ancestors. What did early humans eat? Were the nutritional requirements and dietary needs of contemporary humans established in our prehistoric past? At this symposium, a lively discussion took place about the changing diets of our ancestors - from australopith diets to current hunter-gatherer diets - and what role these dietary transitions played in the evolution of humans.
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|Fri 12/7||Welcome and Opening Remarks||Margaret Schoeninger, Ajit Varki|
|Fri 12/7||Background and Overview||Leslie Aiello|
|Fri 12/7||Diets and Microbes in Primates||Steven Leigh|
|Fri 12/7||Current Hunter-Gatherer Diets||Alyssa Crittenden|
|Fri 12/7||Australopith Diets||Peter Ungar|
|Fri 12/7||Fire, Starch, Meat, and Honey||Richard Wrangham|
|Fri 12/7||Neanderthal Diets||Alison Brooks, Margaret Schoeninger|
|Fri 12/7||Archaic Human Diets||Mary Stiner|
|Fri 12/7||Agriculture's Impact on Human Evolution||Clark Larsen|
|Fri 12/7||Impact of Globalization on Children's Nutrition||Barry Bogin|
|Fri 12/7||Question and Answer Session and Closing Remarks||Leslie Aiello, Pascal Gagneux, Margaret Schoeninger|