TITLE

Nutcracker Man Challenges Human Diet

PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Science Teacher;Summer2008, Vol. 75 Issue 5, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses how analysis of the teeth of fossil hominids may change perceptions of the dietary habits of prehistoric human ancestors. Anthropologist Peter Ungar notes that the teeth of the hominid Paranthropus boisei do not conclusively reveal dietary habits and suggests that primitive human ancestors may have altered their diet based on available foods.
ACCESSION #
33115091

 

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