Is it possible that we evolved to be pescetarian?

Answered on February 16, 2017
Created February 06, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Since one of the most common theories of our colonisation of the earth is that we followed the coast exploting high nutrient seafood and sea vegetables allowing us to populate asia, the mediteranean and as some have suggested north america, and there is basically nobody who say's fish is unhealthy but other animal products are still highly debated on all sides, is it not possible that we have evolved to eat more fish than say meat or starch and therefore this might explain why people that depend on the sea have mostly better health outcomes than those who depend on meat or carbohydrates? Thoughts?

Obviously this is just a theory and im not saying its the case, just throwing it out there!

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on February 08, 2017
at 10:36 PM

as mentioned in the first response, and analyses of diets over time and Ekistics, we can see that though humanity often followed coastlines and waterways, it wasn't necessarily because it was a source of food. Unless confined to small island life, or harsh climates where land animals are scarce, fish is often a significantly lesser protein source. It takes a lot of work for little payoff



on February 08, 2017
at 10:17 PM

While we did eat loads of shellfish and fish, based on shells in caves, we also see loads of bones with cut marks of mammals including things like cave lions and cave bears which we hunted to extinction.  We also see paintings of large fauna in caves, not just their bones, so obviously we were not limited to seafood.


on February 16, 2017
at 06:09 PM

My latest post follows a similar trend. Please take a look as its kind of a follow up question...sorta

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on February 11, 2017
at 03:10 PM

Shells and bones. All you need to do is crack them. I think fishing and hunting came later, as tools and weapons more sophisticated than rocks were developed. Omnivorous scavenging came first.

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