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|Title:||To Meat or Not to Meat? New Perspectives on Neanderthal Ecology||Contributor(s):||Fiorenza, Luca (author); Benazzi, Stefano (author); Henry, Amanda G (author); Salazar-Garcia, Domingo C (author); Blasco, Ruth (author); Picin, Andrea (author); Wroe, Stephen (author) ; Kullmer, Ottmar (author)||Publication Date:||2015||Open Access:||Yes||DOI:||10.1002/ajpa.22659||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16794||Abstract:||Neanderthals have been commonly depicted as top predators who met their nutritional needs by focusing entirely on meat. This information mostly derives from faunal assemblage analyses and stable isotope studies: methods that tend to underestimate plant consumption and overestimate the intake of animal proteins. Several studies in fact demonstrate that there is a physiological limit to the amount of animal proteins that can be consumed: exceeding these values causes protein toxicity that can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women and newborns. Consequently, to avoid food poisoning from meat-based diets, Neanderthals must have incorporated alternative food sources in their daily diets, including plant materials as well.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Grant Details:||ARC/DP140102659||Source of Publication:||Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 156(Supplement S59), p. 43-71||Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons Inc||Place of Publication:||United States of America||ISSN:||0096-848X||Field of Research (FOR):||160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 396
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