Evolutionarily speaking what animals were supposed to eat grains? Cows ate grass but what ate the grain and did we eat it?
I suppose it depends what you mean by "supposed" too. Lots of animals have plants seeds including cereals as a natural part of their diet. These mainly consist of.
Large herbivores including cows
When cows eat grasses with seeds on the seeds go down along with the rest of the leaves.
There are lots of specialized seed eating birds.
Oh no, the Sparrows are stealing my wheat!
Rodents and other small mammals
Keeping rats and mice out of your grain store is always difficult.
Can't even trust the cute little harvest mice.
Many types of insect will happily destroy your grain harvests for you.
The wheat weevils will eat the wheat from the inside out.
Cows do eat grains, just in season and as part of the grass. There is also evidence that Paleolithic humans gathered some grains as well. But in each case, grain consumption is low as a percentage of the diet and doesn't occur year-round.
Birds. I usually get a light to click on in folks heads when I tell them that grasses have their seeds at the top of the plant so that the birds can get to them easily.
In the spirit of the season Id like to point out that Scarecrows are aptly named :)
Usually found in wheat fields and other crop fields as a deterrent to typical crows or other aerial threats to the survival and successful harvest of a crop.
So there you have it, your major grain feeding animals are birds!
Only (some) birds evolved to resist the toxic payload of seeds in general. Quite right, seeds aren't meant to be eaten at all - except for digestion "hardened" seeds of fruits, "designed" to pass through the gut.
Plants don't want us to eat their children!
i cant see or imagine a paleo hominid collecting grains, grinding them to a paste, gathering fire wood, then cooking grains. its just too much caloric work. i dont think you break even on the calories. creatures other than man like birds digest grains without the processing. Maybe if man had gizzards and multiple stomachs we would be vegetarians. it just didnt happen that way.
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