Lecture: “Diet & Human Population Density in Paleolithic Mediterranean”

Anthropologist Mary Stiner lectures at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Mar. 7, 2011:

What is the legacy of the human ecological footprint in deep time? Our speaker explores the question by sorting out some features of Paleolithic meat diets in Mediterranean Eurasia. These involve predator-prey dynamics, transitions in energy acquisition, and the allocation of labor. By the Late Pleistocene, foragers were restructuring the living communities around them, with consequences for both diet and demographic robustness. These changes in turn altered social relations within early forager societies and also affected the development of cooperative networks across human society.

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