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Edible Insects and Human Evolution$
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Julie J. Lesnik

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056999

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056999.001.0001

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Reconstructing the Role of Insects in the Diets of Early Hominins

Reconstructing the Role of Insects in the Diets of Early Hominins

(p.90) 6 Reconstructing the Role of Insects in the Diets of Early Hominins
Edible Insects and Human Evolution

Julie J. Lesnik

University Press of Florida

Ultimately the goal of the book is to reconstruct the role of insects over the course of human evolution. The aforementioned behavioral accounts will be combined with fossil evidence to reconstruct past diets and determine the role fulfilled by edible insects. This first paleoanthropology chapter focuses on australopithecines, our early ancestors on the hominin lineage. For these reconstructions, the data presented in the chapter on primates are especially enlightening. Chimpanzees as well as other apes tend to specialize in social insects such as termites and ants, making it likely that our earliest ancestors benefited from this behavior as well.

Keywords:   Australopithecine, Chimpanzee, Paleoanthroplogy, Social insects

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