How far back do we go in deciding what foods, activity, behaviours are "Paleo"?
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There can be no definitive answer to this question. Browse through the positions below to help you make up your mind - and be tolerant of those who make a different choice!
10-15,000 years ago - (this date is popular with those who see Amerindians, Inuit or South American hunter-gatherers as their model). There appears to have been some adaptation over this time by many millions of people to dairy foods and grains over this period. If your genetics include an adaptation to grains or dairy foods, is there any point in avoiding them for "Paleo" reasons? When the early inhabitants arrived in the Americas, they came across many foods that were not part of their evolutionary past. They managed to thrive on these foods while, at the same time, leading a hunter-gatherer existence for some thousands of years.
40,000 years ago - this date is taken as the point from which modern humans emerged.
42,000 years ago - this is the time it is thought the Aborigines arrived in Australia. Thus, for those who see the Aborigines as their model, it has the same meaning for them as 10,000 years ago has for those who see the early inhabitants of the Americas as their model.
3,000,000 years ago - this marks the emergence of the Homo species with Homo habilis. Habilis, an omnivore, appears to have existed in parallel with the older vegetarian Paranthropus species, who later died out.
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