Ancient Food Technology (Technology and Change in History) by Robert I. Curtis

By Robert I. Curtis

This article discusses suggestions in foodstuff processing and renovation from the palaeolithic interval via to the overdue Roman Empire. It considers the quintessential position nutrients know-how performed within the political, financial, and social textile of historic society.

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T h i s p e r m i t ted a n evolution w h e r e b y e n e r g y , otherwise utilized for a larger gut to digest plant foods, was diverted to the b r a i n . T h e e x t r a e n e r g y went i n t o s u p p o r t i n g a l a r g e r b r a i n . T h e r e m a y also b e a correlation b e t w e e n increased b r a i n size a n d tin‫ ־‬extra e n e r g y a c q u i r e d by a m o t h e r w h o s e diet b e g a n to b e m o r e heavily m e a t b a s e d . T h e m o t h e r ' s a d d e d e n e r g y was passed o n to h e r fetus w h o s e b r a i n size t h e r e b y increased.

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