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Did anyone see a recent article comparing the digestive tract of certain primates and humans?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I think the article was circulating in the Paleosphere of one of the top bloggers or even WAPF. Can't remember! If I remember correctly, the article showed that although we have 98.5% similar genetic material, our digestive systems are really different from chimpanzees. So it was dissing how some try to push the vegetarian angle using the chimp (and another primate)-human digestive system similarities. I'm not talking about the blog post Scientific American picked up on recently. If anything, it was probably an article written to dispute that. Ironically, I'm asking because a colleague wants to go Paleo and she came across SA's post and asked me what I thought. My reply was that we diverged from there and grew a smaller digestive tract and bigger brains due to meat consumption but if I could put my cursor on that ellusive article I'm searching for, my brain could relax a bit.

TIA, Sandra

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 10, 2013
at 06:18 PM

From the various posts, the poor guy died of cancer, so to have made it to 77 with cancer is certainly no easy feat. Also, he did compare the digestive tracts of humans, carnivores, and herbivores, you can find an article here: http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/carn_herb_comparison.html and did the video for the WAPF, while you might not like him, he fits the question asked. Downvote only if the answer is wrong, and not if you're a vegan who doesn't agree with his work.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 10, 2013
at 06:05 PM

And the downvote is for what exactly? Averages, as anyone knows are misleading. If you have a very poor neighborhood, and a super rich family buys two unused acres and builds a mansion on it, the average income may have gone up from $35K/year to $150K year with little improvement to the income of any of the original townfolk.

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

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on June 09, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Too bad he died at 77, which is just the average life expectancy of SAD eaters.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on May 04, 2013
at 02:06 PM

What a coincidence. I'm reading that right now :)

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 09, 2013
at 01:29 PM

Well, not so recent anymore, but this points squarely to the work of Barry Groves, which did the following presentation for the Weston A Price Foundation - I believe this is what you're referring to. I wish his work were better known in the PaleoHacks crowd as it's very coherent and important.

Video of the presentation: Homo Carnivorus (video).

Slides for the presentation (or similar versions).

3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

(1782)

on June 09, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Too bad he died at 77, which is just the average life expectancy of SAD eaters.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on June 10, 2013
at 06:18 PM

From the various posts, the poor guy died of cancer, so to have made it to 77 with cancer is certainly no easy feat. Also, he did compare the digestive tracts of humans, carnivores, and herbivores, you can find an article here: http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/carn_herb_comparison.html and did the video for the WAPF, while you might not like him, he fits the question asked. Downvote only if the answer is wrong, and not if you're a vegan who doesn't agree with his work.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on June 10, 2013
at 06:05 PM

And the downvote is for what exactly? Averages, as anyone knows are misleading. If you have a very poor neighborhood, and a super rich family buys two unused acres and builds a mansion on it, the average income may have gone up from $35K/year to $150K year with little improvement to the income of any of the original townfolk.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on May 03, 2013
at 08:41 AM

According to Richard Wrangham, meat is part of the answer to our smaller GI tract - cooking is the other. Here is a digest (sorry - no pun intended) of his book

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/6250132/Catching-Fire-How-Cooking-Made-Us-Human-by-Richard-Wrangham-review.html

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on May 04, 2013
at 02:06 PM

What a coincidence. I'm reading that right now :)

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2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

on February 22, 2013
at 01:20 AM

I haven't but it sounds like solid logic to me. I've become very interested in the topic of the natural human diet and this video has me convinced: http://missinghumanmanual.com/?p=859

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