Human Evolution

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 229–234

Human adaptations to meat eating

Authors

  • M. Henneberg
    • Department of Anatomical SciencesUniversity of Adelaide
  • V. Sarafis
    • Centre for Microscopy and MicroanalysisThe University of Queensland
  • K. Mathers
    • Department of AnthropologyUniversity of California
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02436507

Cite this article as:
Henneberg, M., Sarafis, V. & Mathers, K. Hum. Evol. (1998) 13: 229. doi:10.1007/BF02436507

Abstract

It is argued that Homo sapiens is a habitual rather than a facultative meat eater. Quantitative similarity of human gut morphology to guts of carnivorous mammals, preferential absorption of haem rather than iron of plant origin, and the exclusive use of humans as the definitive host by Taenia saginata and the almost complete human specificity of T. solium are used to support the argument.

Keywords

australopithecinae Tacniods parasites hominids

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© International Institute for the Study of Man 1998