Juan Luis ARSUAGA

Los aborígenes

RBA, 2002 | The Aborigines. Feeding and Human Evolution

Translations

Catalán, Columna / Italia, Mondadori

Synopsis

(The Aborigines. Feeding and Human Evolution) Drought plagues the African savannah. Grass is scarce, fruit withers on the vine and plants do not sprout. A group of Australopithecus is about to starve to death. Luckily, an eager, bold teenage female will find a new source of nourishment in the marrow filling the bones of dead herbivores. What is the connection between what we eat and what we look like? What changes in our feeding and behavioral patterns have we undergone to become who we are? The Aborigines is a passionate tale about the eating habits of our ancestors – did Australopithecus, Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons eat grain from the savannah or fruits from the forest? How did they break nutshells? When did they start hunting? And what about «cooking»? What tools did they use to unearth tubers? The study of bones and fossils tells us many things about the progressive change from nourishment to gastronomy, from food to culture.

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