brain evolution & nutrition

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Marc Verhaegen, Apr 6, 2005.

    The Key to Human Brain Evolution
    by Stephen Cunnane (Canada Research Chair in Brain Metabolism,
    Research Center on Aging, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)
    Pub. Date: Scheduled Summer 2005
    Pages: 500pp (approx.)
    ISBN: 981-256-191-9 (Hardcover) / 981-256-318-0(pbk) (Softcover)
    How did humans evolve larger and more sophisticated brains?

    In general, evolution depends on a special combination of
    circumstances: part genetics, part time, and part environment. In the case
    of human brain evolution, the main environmental influence was adaptation to
    a 'shore-based' diet, which provided the world's richest source of
    nutrition, as well as a sedentary lifestyle that promoted fat deposition.
    Such a diet included shellfish, fish, marsh plants, frogs, bird's eggs, etc.
    Humans and, and more importantly, hominid babies started to get fat, a
    crucial distinction that led to the development of larger brains and to the
    evolution of modern humans. A larger brain is expensive to maintain and this
    increasing demand for energy results in, succinctly, survival of the


    a.. Human Evolution: An Overview
    b.. Uniqueness of the Human Brain
    c.. Fetal Fat - The Other Unique Human Attribute
    d.. The Basics - Operating a Big Brain
    e.. Insurance
    f.. How Did We Get Fat Babies?
    g.. Darwin - Evolution as Opportunity
    h.. Survival Isn't Good Enough
    i.. The Shore-Based Scenario
    j.. Where's the Evidence?

  2. montygram

    montygram Guest

    If you don't want to buy this book, which might be seriously flawed,
    you can read some of biochemist Ray Peat's newsletters for free. Just
    do an obvious google search. In particular, he and others, are
    thinking of evolution on the cell and cell colony level, as opposed to
    the species level. Also, see
    for some excellent material on cell intelligence.