Not by meat alone

Amanda Henry, Universiteit Leiden
Vrijburgzaal  (2e verdieping), 15.10 - 15.30 uur

While meat consumption is emphasized in human evolution, I focus on the role of plant foods in several key evolutionary shifts. I have documented the use of plants by Neanderthals and earlier hominins. I have also shown that cooking is an energetically expensive task, and was therefore not as sudden and transformative a cultural invention as previously argued. My data also suggests that the idea of a single "Paleodiet" is misleading at best. This project has the potential to tell us much about our relationships with our food, which still affect our health and well being today.

dr. Amanda Henry
Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden