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What is a good book on history of hunter gatherer societies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 08, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I've read a number of Paleo books and they are great but I would like to learn the details of the societies that inspired the diets. I would like to become familiar with the evidence. What are some good books to read next? I saw references to another Cordain book but I can't find it on Amazon.

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on November 08, 2011
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Definitely check out what's available at your local library. I've found a treasure trove of information on evolutionary psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, exercise, etc. that would have cost hundreds of dollars if I paid for it on Amazon.

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Absolutely love the Wrangham book!

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on November 08, 2011
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Books about early humans tend to be academic rather than popular, and therefore quite expensive.

See:

http://www.amazon.com/Paleoanthropology-Archaeology-Big-Game-Hunting-Interdisciplinary/dp/144196732X/

http://www.amazon.com/Human-Diet-Its-Origin-Evolution/dp/0897897366/

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Human-Diet-Known-Unknowable/dp/0195183479/

Two reasonably priced (but still scholarly) books advancing somewhat competing theories about how our ancestors' diets gave rise to modern humans are:

http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Apes-Eating-Origins-Behavior/dp/0691088888/

http://www.amazon.com/Catching-Fire-Cooking-Made-Human/dp/0465020410/

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on November 08, 2011
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Absolutely love the Wrangham book!

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Dr Margaret Schoeninger at UCSD has done a lot of work on evolution of human diet. She did some few years observing traditional societies in Africa and their subsistence strategies. Not a book, but she's published articles. That may be a good place for you to look, scholarly journals on Anthropology/Biological Anthropology/Human Evolution.

Good luck!

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There are some interesting books here. http://www.soilandhealth.org/02/0203CAT/0203longevitylibcat.html Not all are about hunter-gatherers. I seem to remember that the first download is free and then it is either a cheap subscription or a volountary donation. Well worth the price, either way.

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