Evolution of the Human Diet

Leslie Aiello

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers

Human DietHuman DietBy US Dep. of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.Human DietBy US Dep. of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Pre-agriculture human diets were never uniform and dietary shifts have been associated with many major evolutionary events in human prehistory. These include the first appearance of the genus Homo, the subsequent appearance of Homo erectus, and the movement out of Africa. Diet has also been associated with the evolution of the large human brain, as well as with the evolution of human cooperation, division of labor, and life-history variation. Anthropologist Leslie Aiello follows the evolution of human nutrition from our earliest ancestors to the modern day, drawing attention to the diversity in the human diet over time and its consequences.

Sponsored by Flora Crichton Lecture Fund

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