Ed asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 1 month ago

What is the evidence that Homo erectus consumed meat? ?

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  • 1 month ago

    H. erectus had Acheulean tool technology which was most likely used for meat processing. Larger brain sizes and smaller guts likely indicate a transition to higher energy or more easily digestible foods. Bigger brains require more energy to fuel, which means we needed better foods to fuel that brain growth, yet our guts were getting smaller (think gorilla bellies) which should mean we were getting less. That means there must have been a much higher energy food that erectus now had access to. 

    Also, erectus spread out throughout the world. This would be much harder to do if you were on a purely plant/tuber diet. For one, entering new environments meant you would have to learn about new plant foods, and what was safe and unsafe to eat. If you see an animal, and you can catch it, you can eat it. Really doesn't matter what environment. That makes spreading out must easier and faster. Also suggests hunting over scavenging I think, which was how earlier hominins got their protein. Secondly, hard to survive winter in northern latitudes based solely on a plant/tuber diet. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    An alternate perspective, that each one differs like today some humans are vegan/vegetarian while others have meat. 

    The natural vegetation is also more available and if their ancestors had meat while evolving they could have had larger teeth. They were closer related to my ancestors of Asia (Sri Lanka) and the Asian skull today has larger teeth size. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There is evidence they were cannibals, so I’m sure they consumed meat. They had a higher brain function than most species before it and they used tools, so they needed a lot more meat in their diet. Wear on teeth, size and plaque suggest they were meat eaters too.

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  • No clue what that means but probably the teeth

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You mean beside the shape of teeth, evidence of tools for cutting meat, fires to cook meat, and depictions of hunting and killing animals?

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  • 1 month ago

    Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of H*mo range from 1.7 to 0.2 million years ago (Mya). Evidence for the 'microscopic traces of wood ash' as controlled use of fire by H*mo erectus, beginning some 1,000,000 years ago, has wide scholarly support. Fire played a major role in changing how hominids obtained and consumed food, primarily in the new practice of cooking. This caused a significant increase in hominid meat consumption and calorie intake. In addition to cooking, hominids soon discovered that meat could be dried through the use of fire, allowing it to be preserved for times in which harsh environmental conditions made hunting difficult.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    All Homos consume meat.

    That is scientific FACT.

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  • 1 month ago

    The marks of stone tools on bones to scrape flesh off; the distribution of bones from kill sites to camp sites (less meaty parts are consumed at the kill site, the meatier bits are carried some distance); the forced cracking open of bones to get at the marrow (this is common at kills where the hominins are scavenging after lions or hyenas have been eating first).

    Is that enough for starters?

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  • Paul
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    1 month ago

    The fossil skeletons of prey animals showing marls from stone tools used to cut them up, mixed in with the fossil skeletons of the humans.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "Evidence" doesn't exist... "facts that can be arranged in a way to suggest a favored outcome" do exist.

    Just as you can claim "Republicans aren't racist because a republican president ended slavery in america" you take facts that are true and manipulate them to make a falsehood appear true.

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