Did Meat Make Us Human?

Season 8
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early human cooking meat by a fire

Eating meat is what made us human. At least, that's one of the leading theories to explain how our brains got so big. The theory says that our human ancestors evolved bigger brains as a result of switching from a plant-based to a nutrient-rich meat diet. But earlier this year a Smithsonian researcher discovered that this theory may not have as much meat on its bones as previously believed.



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    Special Update

    Briana Pobiner has made a discovery we couldn't wait to sink our teeth into—what might be the earliest evidence of our human ancestors eating each other. This conversation is a special July 2023 update to this episode. Bon appétit! 

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