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What Makes Us Human - Cooking

Review "What Makes Us Human: Cooking".

Evolving Bigger Brains through Cooking: A Q&A with Richard Wrangham by Rachael Moeller Gorman, December 2007. Scientific American.
"Our intelligence has enabled us to conquer the world. The secret for the big brains, says biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham, is cooking, which made digestion easier and liberated more calories." The article contains many interesting details. Read the article...

Roasting tubers A member of the Hadza tribe of Tanzania roasts basketball-sized tubers, the type of starchy food thought to have been a crucial addition to the diet of early humans. Photo by N. Dominy

University of California, Santa Cruz Newsletter. Extra gene copies were enough to make early humans' mouth water. September 09, 2007 By Tim Stephens.

As explained on the site: "Other primates eat mainly ripe fruits containing very little starch. A new ability to supplement the diet with calorie-rich starches could have fed our large brains and opened up new food supplies that fueled our unrivaled colonization of the planet." Find out more....