In other news: Vegetarian cavemen appear to have died out owing to their vegetarianisticism, while meat eaters thrived and lived on to do those Geico commercials.
I do wonder if the mortality deficiency experienced by the swankier cavepersons had less to do with the constituent elements of their diet and more to do with the following scenario repeated over and over again in cave dwelling after cave dwelling.
Daddy Caveman: Soy burgers AGAIN?
Mommy Cavewoman: Well you said you were tired of soy lasagna!
Daddy Caveman: I will club you, miserable cave wife that you are!!
Mommy Cavewoman: I will club you back, you ungrateful, hemp-smoking brute!!
(I’m sure the roles were reversed in all the more progressive cave households…)
The Huffpo piece also links to an earlier Scientific American “guest blog” that insists our early ancestors were all vegetarians because it was easier to boil rice than to hunt, kill, skin, flay, and broil a wooly mammoth. Point taken.
BTW: If you’re not getting ALL your science news from the Huffington Post, you’re wiser than I. (Or is it me? “Wiser than I is” — that can’t be right. “Wiser than me are” — that’s not right either. “You’re wiser than myself was.” That’s better.)
Wacky photo via Mark Shea