Anthropology P380

Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition

Professor Jeanne Sept

Spring Semester 2004:

Tuesday-Thursday 11:1`5-12:30, Student Building 150

"YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT..." we are often told...

...yet human diets today are vastly different from those of our ancestors of just a few thousand years ago. Are people adapted to their modern diets? Is there a "natural" diet for humans?

This course will explore how the long-term history of human diet has influenced our genetic, physiological, cultural and social development. It will focus on how we must integrate data from both human evolutionary biology (e.g. fossil anatomy, bone chemistry) and prehistoric culture (, food remains) to arrive at an understanding of our dietary heritage.

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