What did caveman have for breakfast?

10th April 2018

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A combination of ancient teeth and stable isotopes can reveal much about ancient man as Scott Blumenthal, Junior Research Fellow in Human Sciences at Wadham College, University of Oxford explains.

In this short film Scott answers the question, What did caveman have for breakfast?, describing the methods researchers use to find out about our ancient ancestors.

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What we eat is essential to understanding the way we walk, talk, and interact with each other and our other species.

Dr Scott Blumenthal explains how teeth reveal how we adapt to our environment. "Our earliest ancestors may have a diet similar to that of living chimpanzees; mostly fruits, nuts and leaves" he says.

Scott’s research is focused on human origins, ancient environments, and stable isotopes in teeth. His current work explores dietary and climatic change in eastern Africa over the last 4 million years. He has conducted various laboratory, museum, and field-based studies on the life histories of prehistoric people and living primates in Africa.

He is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC, US) and was previously a Newton International Fellow (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford). He completed his PhD at the City University of New York (New York, US).

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