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Food and evolution : toward a theory of human food habits / edited by Marvin Harris and Eric B. Ross.

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Subject: Food habits.
Human evolution.
Nutrition > Social aspects.
Prehistoric peoples > Food.
Habitudes alimentaires.
Homme > √Čvolution.
Alimentation > Aspect social.
Homme primitif > Alimentation.
Feeding Behavior.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781439901038
  • ISBN: 1439901031
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 633 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1987.

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General Note: Papers originally presented at the 94th Symposium of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Cedar Key, Fla. October 23-30, 1983.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Overview of trends in dietary variation from hunter-gatherer to modern capitalist societies / Eric B. Ross -- Foodways: historical overview and theoretical prolegomenon / Marvin Harris -- Primate diets and gut morphology: implications for hominid evolution / Katharine Milton -- Omnivorous primate diets and human overconsumption of meat / William J. Hamilton III -- Fava bean consumption: a case for the co-evolution of genes and culture / Solomon H. Katz -- Problems and pitfalls in the assessment of human nutritional status / P.L. Pellett -- Psychobiological perspectives on food preferences and avoidances / Paul Rozin -- Preference for animal protein and fat: a cross-cultural survey / H. Leon Abrams, Jr. -- Biocultural consequences of animals versus plants as sources of fats, proteins, and other nutrients / Leslie Sue Lieberman.
Significance of long-term changes in human diet and food economy / Mark N. Cohen -- Life in the "garden of Eden": causes and consequences of the adoption of marine diets by human societies / David R. Yesner -- Analysis of hunter-gatherer diets: stalking an optimal foraging model / Bruce Winterhalder -- How much food do foragers need? / Kristen Hawkes -- Aboriginal subsistence in a tropical rain forest environment: food procurement, cannibalism, and population regulation in northeastern Australia / David R. Harris -- Ecological and structural influences on the proportions of wild foods in the diets of two Machiguenga communities / Allen Johnson and Michael Baksh -- Limiting factors in Amazonian ecology / Kenneth R. Good -- Loaves and fishes in Bangladesh / Shirley Lindenbaum -- Animal protein consumption and the sacred cow complex in India / K.N. Nair -- Effects of colonialism and neocolonialism on the gastronomic patterns of the third world / Richard W. Franke -- Stability and change in highland Andean dietary patterns / Benjamin S. Orlove -- Social class and diet in contemporary Mexico / Gretel H. Pelto -- From Costa Rican pasture to North American hamburger / Marc Edelman -- Evolution of human subsistence / Anna Roosevelt -- Biocultural aspects of food choice / George Armelagos.
Summary: An unprecedented interdisciplinary effort suggests that there is a systematic theory behind why humans eat what they eat.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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