Evolution de l’alimentation humaine. Généralités.

The evolutionary roles of nutrition selection and dietary quality in the human brain size and encephalization
Roberto Carlos Burini & William R. Leonard
Nutrire, 2018

It appears that major expansion of brain size in the human lineage is the product of synergistically interacting dietary/nutritional and social forces. Although dietary change was not being the sole force responsible for the evolution of large brain size, the exploitation of high-quality foods likely fueled the energetic costs of larger brains and necessitated more complex behaviors that would have selected for greater brain size.

The cooperative economy of food: Implications for human life history and physiology
Physiology and behavior, 2018

A brief history of meat in the human diet and current health implications
Neil J. Mann
Meat science, 2018

This ASF intake marked a transition from a largely forest dwelling frugivorous lifestyle to a more open rangeland existence and resulted in numerous adaptations, including a rapidly increasing brain size and altered gut structure.

Hunter-gatherer diets and human behavioral evolution

Dietary adaptation of FADS genes in Europe varied across time and geography
Kaixiong Ye, Feng Gao, David Wang, Ofer Bar-Yosef and Alon Keinan.
Nature, 2017


Meat and Nicotinamide: A Causal Role in Human Evolution, History, and Demographics
Adrian C Williams, Lisa J Hill
International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 2017

Metabolic acceleration and the evolution of human brain size and life history.
Herman Pontzer et al.
Nature, 2016
In multivariate regressions including body size and physical activity, human TEE exceeded that of chimpanzees and bonobos, gorillas and orangutans by approximately 400, 635 and 820 kcal day−1, respectively, readily accommodating the cost of humans’ greater brain size and reproductive output. Much of the increase in TEE is attributable to humans’ greater basal metabolic rate (kcal day−1), indicating increased organ metabolic activity. Humans also had the greatest body fat percentage. An increased metabolic rate, along with changes in energy allocation, was crucial in the evolution of human brain size and life history.
When man met meat: meat in human nutrition from ancient times till today
There is evidence that meat consumption has had an influence on cranial-dental and intestinal morphologic changes, human erect posture, reproductive characteristics, longer lifespan, and maybe most importantly, on brain and intellectual development
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) : An Ancient Nutrient for the Modern Human Brain
Joanne Bradbury.
Nutrients, 2015
Modern humans have evolved with a staple source of preformed docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the diet. An important turning point in human evolution was the discovery of high quality, easily digested nutrients from coastal sea food and inland fresh watersources. Multi-generational exploitation of seafood by shore-based dwellers coincided with the rapid expansion of grey matter in the cerebral cortex, which characterizes the modern human brain. The DHA molecule has unique structural properties that appear to provide optimal conditions for a wide range of cell membrane functions
Hunter-Gatherers and Human Evolution
Frank W. Marlowe, 2015

Paleolithic nutrition:what did our ancestors eat?
Jenie Brand Miller, Neil J. Mann, Loren Cordain, 2015

Isotope and faunal evidence for high levels of freshwater fish consumption by Late Glacial humans at the Late Upper Palaeolithic site of Šandalja II, Istria, Croatia
M.P. Richards, 2015
The site indicate that the main protein source in human diets at this time was freshwater fish, which is in contrast to the vertebrate remains that show a high abundance of large terrestrial herbivores


Carbon isotope ratios of human tooth enamel record the evidence of terrestrial resource consumption during the Jomon period, Japan
Soichiro Kusaka et al.
American journal of physical anthropology, 2015

Reconstruction of the Gravettian food-web at Předmostí I using multi-isotopic tracking (13C, 15N, 34S) of bone collagen
Bocherens et al., 2015

Strong reliance on mammoth meat was found for the human of the site, similarly to previously analyzed individuals from other Gravettian sites in Moravia.

Recycling bones in the Middle Pleistocene: Some reflections from Gran Dolina TD10-1 (Spain), Bolomor Cave (Spain) and Qesem Cave (Israel)
Jordi Rosell, Quaternary international, 2015

It is necessary to distinguish between the use of bone as raw material from pre-existing very large-sized carcasses such as elephants (in cases where it is not certain if these had a nutritional purpose) and the recycling of fragments resulting from bone marrow extraction of smaller mammals that were obtained and consumed by human groups.

Stable Isotope Analyses and the Evolution of Human Diets
Margaret J. Shoeninger.
annual review of anthropology, 2014


Rapid changes in the gut microbiome during human evolution
Andrew H. Moellera & al., 2014.

An hypothesis to explain the role of meat-eating in human evolution.
Katharine Milton, 1999b.

Human adaptations to meat eating.
Henneberg, M., Sarafis, V., & Mathers, K., 1998.

The expensive-tissue hypothesis : the brain and the digestive system in human and primate evolution. Leslie Aiello, Peter Wheeler, 1995.