July 1, 2014

Insect Diet Helped Early Humans Build Bigger Brains

Science Daily, July 1, 2014

Quest for elusive bugs spurred primate tool use, problem-solving skills

Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors of humans and other primates, suggests new research.

Read the rest of the article, or the original article by Gerry Everding here.

Article based on research by Dr. Melin:

  1. Amanda D. Melin, Hilary C. Young, Krisztina N. Mosdossy, Linda M. Fedigan. Seasonality, extractive foraging and the evolution of primate sensorimotor intelligenceJournal of Human Evolution, 2014; 71: 77 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.02.009

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