By Robert I. Curtis

This article discusses techniques in meals processing and protection from the palaeolithic interval via to the overdue Roman Empire. It considers the crucial function nutrients know-how performed within the political, monetary, and social cloth of historic society.

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14 CHAPTER ONE cutting branches or for dismemberment and breaking of animal bones. T h e small, thin Hakes, often retouched, possessed sharp edges useful for skinning and scraping or for precise cutting in butchery. 2 3 W h e t h e r they were actually used for those purposes is another question. O n e other event, roughly coincident with the appearance of H. habilis, probably played an important role in h u m a n evolution. Strong evidence suggests the occurrence of a global climatic change, which in Africa was characterized by a shift from a wet, hot environment to a cooler, drier one, with the concomitant alteration of the ecosystem from generally forest and woodlands to a more open area of savannah and shrubs.

Science 2 8 4 (23 April 1999): 5 7 2 - 7 3 ; J e a n d e Heinzelln, J . D e s m o n d C l a r k , T i m W h i t e , William H a r t , Paul R e n n e , G i d a y W o l d e G a b r i e l , Y o n a s B e y e n e , a n d Elisabeth V r b a , " E n v i r o n m e n t a n d B e h a v i o r of 2 . 5 - M i l l i o n - Y e a r - O l d Bouri H o m i n i d s , " Science 2 8 4 (23 April 1999): 6 2 5 . 2 9 ‫־‬ 18 T h e e n d o c r a n i a l capacity of H. habilis is ca. 190 cc g r e a t e r t h a n that of A.

G r i n e a n d L a w r e n c e B. M a r t i n , " E n a m e l T h i c k n e s s a n d D e v e l o p m e n t in Australopithecus a n d Paranthropus," in Evolutionary History, p p . 3 42; Klein, " A n a t o m y , B e h a v i o u r a n d M o d e r n H u m a n O r i g i n s , " 172 75, csp. Fig. 3, p. 174; i d e m , Human Career, p p . 138 58. O n t h e rclationship b e t w e e n t o o t h size a n d dietary a d a p t a t i o n in g e n e r a l , see W o o d a n d Ellis, " E v i d e n c e for D i e t a r y Specialization," in Fossil Man, p p .

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