By Robert I. Curtis

This article discusses options in meals processing and maintenance from the palaeolithic interval via to the overdue Roman Empire. It considers the fundamental function foodstuff expertise performed within the political, financial, and social cloth of historical society.

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T i m e and location, however, make A. garhi a prime contender for the tool mak- E v o l u t i o n , " in Evolutionary History 0J the "Robust" Australopithecus. F r e d e r i c k E. G r i n e , e d . (New York: Aldi n e d e G r u y t e r , 1988), p p . 8 5 96, a n d Steven M i d i e n , 77ie Prehistory of the Mind. A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science ( L o n d o n : T h a m e s a n d H u d s o n , 1996), p p . 2 0 4 - 0 6 . A s e c o n d idea, r e f e r r e d to as the " e n e r g e t i c a p p r o a c h , " suggests that a shift f r o m a n essentially v e g e t a r i a n diet to o n e b a s e d on m e a t , a n d so o n e m o r e easily digestible, allowed for smaller gut tissue.

8 3 0 32; A n d r e w Hill, Steven W a r d , Alan D e m o , G a r n i s s Curtis, a n d R o b e r t D r a k e , "Earliest H o m o , " Nature 355 (20 F e b . 1992): 719 22; G l y n n Isaac, " T h e A r c h a e o l o g y of H u m a n O r i g i n s : Studies of t h e L o w e r Pleistocene in East A f r i c a 1971 1981," in The Archaeology of Human Origins. B a r b a r a Isaac, cd. ( C a m b r i d g e : C a m b r i d g e University Press, 1989), p p . 126 '27. "‫ ׳‬G r e g o r y C h a r l e s W e s t e r g a a r d a n d S t e p h e n J .

Cf. also Leakey, The Origin of Humankind, p p . 21 36. 11 T h a t / / . habilis, t h e earliest identifiable e x a m p l e of Homo, r e p r e s e n t s a single t a x o n is strongly m a i n t a i n e d b y T o b i a s , " E n v i r o n m e n t a l B a c k g r o u n d , " 129 42, a n d i d e m , Olduvai Gorge. Vol. 4, p p . 3 49. O t h e r s , h o w e v e r , assert that, b e c a u s e of significant a n a t o m i c a l variations seen in fossils f r o m different sites, t h e earliest representatives of this g e n u s m a y actually r e p r e s e n t t h r e e different species of Homo.

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