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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2012 at 3:06 PM

How do I answer vegetarians who say that we don't have meateaters teeth so therefore we shouldn't be eating meat? I have had unbelievable success with the Paleo lifestyle and will never go back, can answer almost every other question but that! TIA

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on April 08, 2012
at 07:12 PM

We think alike, bro!

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:32 PM

I would counter that question with "We don't have 5 stomaches either, so in that aspect we really shouldn't be eating like a cow."

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on April 08, 2012
at 01:29 AM

By that logic we also don't have teeth for cracking nuts, so we should probably give those up too.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 08, 2012
at 01:28 AM

By that logic we also don't gave teeth for cracking nuts, so we should probably stop eating those.

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on April 07, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Tell them to try biting a piece of meat, and get back to you on how it went.

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on April 07, 2012
at 05:33 PM

I think early hominids learning to cook their food played as large a part in, if not more so, than meat-eating.

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Thank you so much for a quick and common sense answer!

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:13 PM

We have both canines and flat molars which makes us naturally suited for an omnivorous diet.

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Thank you so much for a quick and common sense answer!

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:29 PM

We don't need giant teeth for two reasons:

  • First, because our ancestors discovered how to make stone tools at least 2.6 million years ago...and they used them to deflesh carcasses. In fact, we have evidence that they were defleshing bones with naturally occurring rocks 3.4 million years ago (Dikika).

  • Second, because our ancestors discovered how to cook food...and while there is no evidence that it happened as long ago as Richard Wrangham thinks (remember, he's a vegetarian trying to justify vegetarianism), we have solid evidence that our ancestors could create fire at will for several hundred thousand years, and that we used it when available for perhaps a million years.

  • Third, huge canine teeth are as often a threat/combat display as a meat-eating adaptation. Here's a Chinese Water Deer (vegetarian):

And here's our friend the chacma baboon, which has longer fangs than a lion despite its mostly-vegetarian diet:

JS

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on April 08, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Tell them we do have teeth for eating meat. Offer to bite them if necessary.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:12 PM

We think alike, bro!

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on April 07, 2012
at 06:17 PM

We invented this thing called cooking with our big, nerdy brains. Anyone that argues that cooking is unnatural has no knowledge of human evolution. We've used our intelligence to overcome physical shortcomings.

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on April 07, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Our teeth are a hybrid design.

http://youtu.be/VejLXTsJrJc

This topic relates to the "what are we meant to eat" discussion.

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on April 07, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Actually if you look at our entire body and each individual part, humans only have a few traits in common with pure carnivores. One simply can not look at each individual part,but must look at sum of those parts and how they work (There function). Most vegetarians will say that our teeth are more like herbivores, which is true. This is mostly because hominins evolved alongside tool use. The trait of having larger-sharper canines did not get selected for because we could use tools to chop down, and after a hundred thousand years cook, our meat. We retained mostly flat molars because hominids still relied on nuts and vegetables. A vegetarians forget that if it wasn't for the first hominids scavenging for meat then our brains would not have the opportunity to become so complex though out evolutionary history, therefore we wouldn't even be able to use language to discuss the issue.

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on April 07, 2012
at 05:33 PM

I think early hominids learning to cook their food played as large a part in, if not more so, than meat-eating.

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on April 07, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Get a copy of The Vegetarian Myth.

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on April 08, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Just smile and offer to take a bite of them with your teeth.

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