Originally posted by Schmidt1989
Early in our age, like 1 million BC i believe, we were just starting to actually use tools for defense and stuff,
One million years ago erectus
had been around for a while. 2 million years ago habilis
had been around for a while. Habilis
using tools, and some of its ancestors might very well have.
but very little meat, that’s why they had the appendix.
My understanding is that all early humans, like chimps, ate whatever they came across, and that stone tools are generally of a design that indicates
that they were used to process animal carcasses. The appendix, as far as I understand, was generally thought to be involved in the digestion of
chunks of bone that were eaten. It also, today, is loaded with lymph nodes and has immunological functions.
Eating meat would eventually become more essential to their living, because the vitamins in meat are vital to grow a larger brain. (There’s
at the time was no bigger than a modern chimpanzees.
of a million years ago had a brain much larger than a chimps.
, for example, that "Chellean Man", an erectus
, is around
1.5 million years old and had a brain capacity of 1065cc, whereas the 6-7 million years old "Toumai" ape man had a capacity of around 350cc.
But I do think that the genreal idea is that with a high calorie diet, the stage was set for the development of a large brain that burns a lot of
What would have happened if they would have ate more meat than they were either supposed to or wanted, what if they like just had a craving for
it, like i like chicken wings over asparagus, others may like that flipped around. So, if they had had more meat, they would have grown bigger brains,
thus becoming more intelligent earlier. Right? Any thoughts?
Interesting, but I don't think that there's any oppurtunity for that. The probably, like most animals, ate as much of whatever they could already.
If we say, went back in time, and gave the really primitive ape-men a near endless supply of meat, at least short of letting them eat enough to kill
themselves, then they wouldn't evolve a large brain, becuase, why evolve a large brain if everything is just given to you?
The large brain has a function that provides mutliple benefits. But it requires a large supply of food. Similar to how mammals require lots of food
to constantly burn to have a high body temperature. Force feeding reptiles isn't, in itself, likely to make them warm blooded. There needs to be a
beneficial function and the like.