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September 25, 2003

Steak and veg

A Bradford University study reveals nice fishes were abandoned in favour of steak and veg as soon as humanly possible (via Fred Kiesche). Fish and chips would have to wait until chips became available alongside the conquest of the Incas...

"In Britain it happened very quickly, in a generation or two," team leader Michael Richards told Reuters. "We had expected to find a gradual switchover, but this was a virtual dietary revolution."

Richards' team studied dietary change during the Neolithic period between 5,200 and 4,500 years ago, using carbon isotopes to assess how the rate of change coincided with the emergence of a domesticated lifestyle from one based purely on opportunistic hunting.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2003 04:35 AM