Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: November 2012

Source: Greg Wray The story about how humans evolved bigger brains begins some seven million years ago in central Africa. There, in a dense rainforest, there lived the last ancestor that we share with our closest living relatives. Our evolutionary paths diverged when the global climate changed and a new habitat took shape. While ancestors of chimpanzees retreated deeper into the rainforest to subsist on a diet mainly of fruits, our ancestors found themselves… Read More

Champagne supernova. Credit: Space Daily “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” When you eat a slice of apple pie, or any pie, or any food at all today, on Carl Sagan Day, it may be worthwhile to reflect on this quote, one of the beloved television series host’s most famous from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.A look back at our origins is a… Read More

Female blue-eyed lemur What lessons can humans learn from our far distant prosimian primate cousins about living well and eating a healthy diet? This was the question on my mind as I toured the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina with colleagues attending Science Writers 2012. (Read Christie Wilcox’s full report about our tour over at Science Sushi on Scientific American.) When I learned on the tour that lemurs were getting sick, I inquired further… Read More