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Paleo-related book recommendations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 26, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I am looking for recommendations of books that are not directly related to paleo/low-carb (like "Primal Blueprint" or "Good Calories Bad Calories") and not written with an intention to change the way you eat, but academic and popular science books that offer insight that would be of interest for us. Subjects: hunter-gatherers, evolution, pre-historic humans, anthropology, paleontology, evolutionary medicine, psychology and sociology. Behavioral differences, changes in environment between now and paleolithic times and their influence on health, behavior, social structures... and so on. I am interested about many different aspect of our evolution, not just nutrition. On how the language developed, social structures and interactions, psychological changes, interactions between our species and other hominids, the differences between modern hunter-gatherers and paleolithic people, and so on.

Recently I've been reading the following books that I am happy to recommend:

"Pandora's Seed. The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization" by Spencer Wells

"Cro-Magnon. How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans" by Brian Fagan

"Defending the Cavewoman And Other Tales of Evolutionary Neurology" by Harold Klawans, MD-

"The Invisible Sex. Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory" by J.M Adovasio, Olga Soffer, Jake Page

"Race and Reality. What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity" by Guy P. Harrison

"Survival of the Sickest" by Sharon Moalem

"Evolution's Rainbow. Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People" by Joan Roughgarden (I haven't read that one yet, just skimmed through, but looked very good)

Can you add some more?

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on September 27, 2010
at 02:22 PM

Extra recommendation for "Lights Out" - if you haven't read it, please do!!! Robb Wolf's quote "Get as much sleep as you can without getting fired or divorced" is from it.

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on September 27, 2010
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I think I've read the Evolutionary Medicine some time ago... is it the one in which all is great and paleo-like till in the end the health recommendations completely contradict the earlier parts of the book?

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:28 AM

Thanks! I've heard the argument you mention, but I think it was in a science tv series, maybe from PBS... I will try and get the book.

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:27 AM

*facepalm* thanks so much, totally missed these ones! that's a great resource.

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:26 AM

thanks! Putting it on my library list :)

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:26 AM

I've heard a lot about this book, so I will have to finally give it a try!

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on September 26, 2010
at 11:07 PM

I most def agree with this one. I read it before going paleo and in retrospect i think it all lines up very well. Diamond is just a terrific author too - he covers dense subjects in a manner that really keeps you turning pages.

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on September 26, 2010
at 09:05 PM

I love this book and would have recommended it, but you beat me to it!

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on September 26, 2010
at 11:31 PM

Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby

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on September 27, 2010
at 02:22 PM

Extra recommendation for "Lights Out" - if you haven't read it, please do!!! Robb Wolf's quote "Get as much sleep as you can without getting fired or divorced" is from it.

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on September 26, 2010
at 09:03 PM

Books about specific H/G cultures:

The Old Way

Nisa

Original Wisdom

Hunza Health Secrets

The Wheel Of Health

Hunza Land

Yanomamo

Child Of The Jungle

Make Prayers To The Raven

And:

Hunter/Gatherer Childhoods

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:22 PM

Melissa's list of books or Kurt Harris's or Mark Sisson's.

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:27 AM

*facepalm* thanks so much, totally missed these ones! that's a great resource.

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on September 27, 2010
at 08:35 AM

everything from Frank Forencich, on exuberant animal blog/website

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on September 26, 2010
at 10:56 PM

How Cooking Made Us Human. Harvard Prof lays out evidence that we've been cooking for 2,000,000 years.

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at 09:24 PM

A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change William H. Calvin Calvin argues that 2 million years of abrupt climate changes "powered the pump for the enormous increase in brain size and complexity in human beings."

In Defense of Hunting James A. Swan An environmental psychologist, outdoorsman, and prolific writer argues that hunting is an elemental part of our nature.

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:28 AM

Thanks! I've heard the argument you mention, but I think it was in a science tv series, maybe from PBS... I will try and get the book.

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:37 PM

Any of the books Pinker has written. Also, evolutionary medicine book by Nesse.

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:30 AM

I think I've read the Evolutionary Medicine some time ago... is it the one in which all is great and paleo-like till in the end the health recommendations completely contradict the earlier parts of the book?

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:20 PM

Coming Home to the Pleistocene by Paul Shepard. Fabulous, life altering book. Can't say enough good things about it.

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on September 26, 2010
at 09:05 PM

I love this book and would have recommended it, but you beat me to it!

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:26 AM

thanks! Putting it on my library list :)

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:17 PM

Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

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on September 27, 2010
at 12:26 AM

I've heard a lot about this book, so I will have to finally give it a try!

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on September 26, 2010
at 11:07 PM

I most def agree with this one. I read it before going paleo and in retrospect i think it all lines up very well. Diamond is just a terrific author too - he covers dense subjects in a manner that really keeps you turning pages.

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