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dc.contributor.authorWobber, Victoria Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorHare, Brian
dc.contributor.authorWrangham, Richard W.
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-10T16:11:25Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationWobber, Victoria, Brian Hare, and Richard W. Wrangham. 2008. Great apes prefer cooked food. Journal of Human Evolution 55(2): 340–348.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0047-2484en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3716618
dc.description.abstractThe cooking hypothesis proposes that a diet of cooked food was responsible for diverse morphological and behavioral changes in human evolution. However, it does not predict whether a preference for cooked food evolved before or after the control of fire. This question is important because the greater the preference shown by a raw-food-eating hominid for the properties present in cooked food, the more easily cooking should have been adopted following the control of fire. Here we use great apes to model food preferences by Paleolithic hominids. We conducted preference tests with various plant and animal foods to determine whether great apes prefer food items raw or cooked. We found that several populations of captive apes tended to prefer their food cooked, though with important exceptions. These results suggest that Paleolithic hominids would likewise have spontaneously preferred cooked food to raw, exapting a pre-existing preference for high-quality, easily chewed foods onto these cooked items. The results, therefore, challenge the hypothesis that the control of fire preceded cooking by a significant period.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAnthropologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.03.003en_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.anthro.utah.edu/PDFs/journal_club/journal_club_fall_2008_readings/wrangham_apes_like_cooked_food.pdfen_US
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dc.subjectcookingen_US
dc.subjectdieten_US
dc.subjecthominid evolutionen_US
dc.subjecttubersen_US
dc.subjectmeaten_US
dc.titleGreat Apes Prefer Cooked Fooden_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Human Evolutionen_US
dash.depositing.authorWrangham, Richard W.
dash.embargo.until10000-01-01
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.03.003*
dash.contributor.affiliatedWobber, Victoria Elizabeth
dash.contributor.affiliatedWrangham, Richard


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