Science Verifies That Humans’ Ancestors WereFrugivores
Recent research by anthropologists shows that we had an arboreal past. Ourgenetic ancestors were once tree dwellers. At that time, our genetic ancestorsdepended upon products of the tree, and later upon the fruits of stalk and vinefor our sustenance. Dr. Alan Walker, an anthropologist of John HopkinsUniversity in Maryland, has done research showing that early humans wereonce exclusively fruit eaters. By careful examination of fossil teeth andfossilized human remains with electron microscopes and other sophisticatedtools, Dr. Walker and his colleagues are absolutely certain that early humansuntil relatively recently, were total fruitarians. These findings were reported indepth in the May 15, 1979 issue of the New York Times.Dr Alan Walker and his associates, anthropologists at John Hopkins University,using the most modern electronic microscopic equipment,state: “Preliminary studies of fossil teeth have led to the startling suggestionthat our early human ancestors (Australopithecus) were notpredominantly meat-eaters or even eaters of seeds, shoots, leaves or grasses,nor were they omnivorous. Instead they appear to havesubsisted chiefly on a diet of fruit. Every tooth examined from the hominids of the 12 million year period leading up to Homo Erectusappeared to be that of a fruit-eater.” – NY Times, May 1979 The essence of Walker’s research is that even though humans have adoptedomnivorous and carnivorous eating practices, our anatomy and physiologyhave not changed. We remain biologically a species of fruit eaters. The humandigestive system has been adapted to a diet of fruits and vegetables for morethan 60 million years of development. A few thousand years of aberrant eatingwill not change our dietary requirements for optimum health. The position thathumans occupy in the animal kingdom is that of the Primate order, whichmeans that, from the point of view of anthropology, our closest animal relativesare the anthropoid apes (anthropoid means “resembling man” or “man-like”). This species includes gorillas, monkeys and chimps all of whom are classifiedas frugivores. From the perspective of physiology, our human biology anddigestion most closely resemble our closest cousin in the animal kingdom, theorangutan. Even our DNA genetic material is well over 95% identical. Humansdeveloped on fruits just as simians and other primates in nature. Inconsequence, some anthropologists and biologists have classified humans asfrugivores.Georges Cuvier“The natural food of man, judging from his structure, appears to consistprincipally of the fruits, roots, and other succulent parts of vegetables. Hishands afford every facility for gathering them; his short but moderately strong jaws on the other hand, and his canines being equal only in length to the otherteeth, together with his tuberculated molars on the other, would scarcelypermit him either to masticate herbage, or to devour flesh, were thesecondiments not previously prepared by cooking.”
Yes, from our beginning and for millions of years hominids ate a plant based diet.
The debate on the natural state of humans based on evolved behavior has an invalid premise. Evolved customs such as hunting do not equate to humans’ natural state, nor inform on morality. Humans have been rapists, cannibalizers, slave drivers, war mongers, etc. If past behavior equates to natural state, perhaps that’s why humans evolved moral reasoning.
Any species that evolves into a form that rampantly destroys nature is inherently contrary to nature. Especially if a species knowingly attacks their own habitat, they are acting against their own nature. Their behavior is either essentially unnatural, or the worst of nature.
A more informed analysis draws on hard science, such as biology (video below). In addition to the physical characteristics evidencing humans as herbivores, consider that hominids existed for millions of years before tools, and before fire.
Listen to your own primal nature. Envision hunting without any tools. Ripping into flesh without sharp claws. Sinking your teeth into raw animal tissue without piercing chompers. How natural does that feel?
Now envision, or actually go outside and try picking berries, gathering leaves, pulling tubers, harvesting mushrooms. How natural does that feel? Even if you’ve only eaten modern processed food, the answer is still within you. It’s in your nature.
Not only is vegan your natural diet, it’s the diet that money making corporations are trending to put their workers on, to save money because a vegan diet is a natural diet is a healthy diet:
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