21 April 2009

The raw and the cooked

I haven’t eaten a mammal in about 30 years, except a couple of times during the 1990s, when I ate some raw monkey the chimps had killed and left behind.
-- Richard Wrangham, who says early humans were able to evolve because cooked foods were richer, healthier and required less eating time:
Homo erectus, our...immediate ancestor, ha[d] long legs and a lean, striding body. In fact, he could walk into a Fifth Avenue shop today and buy a suit right off a peg.

Image: H. ergaster by Viktor Deak

P.S. 27 May: Why Are Humans Different From All Other Apes? It’s the Cooking, Stupid

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