I often hear it said (very generally) that chimps evolved into humans in large part as a result of beginning to eat meat. The way it is presented is as though chimps eating meat provided fats and proteins to the diet, which caused the brain to... (more)
I thought this might be of interest to some of the folks on here. It is a free online course offered by Duke University called "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution". https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution (more)
Thanks for sharing, I will definitely sign up. Also check out http://evolvify.com/ I just found it and it's about physchology and evolution in relation to a paleo lifestyle/diet.
Some people do just fine with grains and their genes are more evolved to them. Just like some people's ancestors consumed a lot of dairy and can thrive on it. Also evolution happens A LOT quicker then people on here would have you... (more)
I don't necessarily think it's better genes that enable some folks to consume wheat/grains with no issue. I think it's more likely better gut health. A non-leaky gut is not going to have the same response to wheat as a leaky gut will.
Since a good part of the paleo rationale is based on the idea that we are not genetically adapted to eat a certain way, it seems very relevant and quite interesting to look at this example of how quickly such a genetic mutation/adaptation can... (more)
Lately there has been some debate between Dr. bloggers questioning whether evolution selects more for reproduction or longevtiy and its impact on the optimum diet. Some have stated that evolution selects for reproduction not longevity because... (more)
I have been eating a mostly paleo diet for over a year now, but lately I've been thinking more and more about evolution, and whether we should evolve the idea of paleo to move past the paleolithic era and into the modern era. Humans have been... (more)
20 generations are nothing on an evolutionary timescale. How sure are you that all of your 1048576 potential ancestors ate only rice and beans? You'd be surprised how many of them didn't.
I assume most people who believe in following a paleo lifestyle also believe in evolution. But I'm interested to find out if there's anybody out there who doesn't. I for one just finished reading The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, a... (more)
evolution is a fact and not something that you can decide to believe or not believe. it has been proven. whether people want to leave their cave or not is up to them but the fact remains.
Hey all. Being a beta male that was recently screwed over something fierce for it, would anyone care to guess at what purpose men such as myself would have had throughout our evolution? Seems like we would have been sexually selected out by now.... (more)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/07/us-is-there-an-obesity-paradox-in-diabet-idUSBRE8761AZ20120807 Fat diabetics live longer than skinny ones? I better start eating more paleo food then. (more)
Israeli archaeologists uncovered teeth from modern Homo sapiens dating approximately 400,000 years ago. If we DID end up coming from the Middle East/Delta region, and not Africa, could this change the way we look at Paleo/Prima/Ancetral... (more)
Agriculture stopped physical peak evolution. Most men today look feminine and soft and have significantly less testosterone and muscle mass than men of previous generations amd it seems to get worse with time. Also most people nowadays are... (more)
A relative just posted this article on her Facebook. Any thoughts? http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/07/23/human-ancestors-were-nearly-all-vegetarians/ (more)
There are more holes in this story than a wheel of swiss cheese. For example he said, ???Our guts are remarkably similar to those of chimpanzees and orangutans?????? Um, no. They don???t have zonulin and thus are not as leaky as human guts. Their... (more)
As I understand the core argument for paleo, modern man retains what is essentially a 100,000-year old gene map, and many of our current health and psychological issues result from nutritional and behavioral departures from what Grok's genome was... (more)
Got to thinking today (dangerous for me...lol)! To me, the very fact that the human body converts excess sugar (read excess carbs) or calories into adipose tissue (read fat) is biological proof that the human genome has adapted to burn fat as... (more)
....is the sub-header on the Slate article out today titled All Men Can???t Jump. It's making the rounds in my FB newsfeed. Thoughts? (more)
Ever since I can remember(really), i've been a "night owl". Even when I was a kid and had no reason to stay up late i.e. no computers,wasn't allowed tv at night, I always was up really late. It was a burden at school, I had to drop out and get a... (more)
Here is something I've been struggling with: I fully believe in the paleo diet, and it makes more sense to me than any other lifestyle/diet I've heard of. In fact, as a child, I would often think about what a caveman would do if....(sort of like... (more)
Interesting lecture by Dr. John McDougall http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/starch_solution.html Excerpt from his book http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2012nl/feb/excerpt.htm What say you about this? (more)
First I want to say I don't like the word "meant." We're meant to eat anything edible and available if it means survival, and since we're human we can make something edible and available that is not while in its natural form. I'm in the middle of... (more)
I thought I had read somewhere that there is a theory that by switching to a grain based diet that the jaws and nasal passageways have moved or become smaller, making it harder to breathe. I was wondering if anyone else had any information on... (more)
So I think Paleo has ruined me. I mean, I was annoying before (I've always been a cynical, skeptical SOB), but my friends and family may disown me at this point. And it's not just because of Paleo topics. I don't talk about that much anymore... (more)
I understand this question has been sort of posed in respect to sleeping habits, but i wish to rephrase it in relation to all-around daily activity AND sleep. The theory that i have heard is this in a nutshell (a la Dan Benjamin at 5by5):... (more)
My ideal in regards to noise in my sleeping or waking hours would be to create an environment in which human noise is minimized as much as possible and non-human noise is all or most of what is heard. When I'm camping, other than the humans I'm... (more)
Toenails seem pretty useless, and in fact more often than not just seem to be a source of trouble. Given that hominims have been bipedal for over 2 million years, it seems like toenails would have disappeared if they had no positive function at... (more)
So Jack's Question made me think of this. Lets move beyond circumcision and look at all the various HG tribes and modern reasons. Some tribes use them as a symbol of status or proof of power (did they do it as individualism? I dunno, maybe... (more)
This is on the third page of this paper: "The ready availability of dietary fats are so recent that natural selection has not yet had a chance to deal with them." My physiology professor sent us this article to read and it definitely made me stop... (more)
Several paleo people here and elsewhere take megadoses of C, D, K and/or other vitamins or minerals, often based on recommendations by peers, paleo luminaries, and sometimes even MDs. While many official daily recommendations are clearly... (more)