The question on my mind lately has been with the human diet. After (another) vegan debate with my family, the thing that kept popping up in their bickering was that humans are “just another animal” that are “meant to eat meat.” This lead me to think, from a biological stand point, if we truly are meant to eat meat. What I discovered shocked me. First and most obviously, the teeth! The only carnivores I can think of with flat teeth are…well nothing! The human mouth seems to most closely resemble a that if a horses, come to think of it! Rather peculiar for a cold blooded killer if you ask me.
The second thing I realized, is the fact that we are bipeds. Nearly all other carnivores are on four legs, and why would the evolutionary need arise to walk on two legs if not to pick berries and plants? The same adaptation has occurred in bears, particularity black bears, who’s diet consists of over 90% plant food.
the third and final thing I’ve realized is our jaws. They are relatively very small, and have a poor range of motion. All other fierce carnivores are superior to up in their maneuverability and can open their jaws wide to bite into thick flesh. Their jaws are built to snap down quickly and powerfully, while ours hails in comparison. We are more similar to the herbivorous jaws, with an up and down grinding motion instead of a snapping motion. Plus the sensitive gum and lip area will never do grinding against hard bone.
In this I leave you to decipher for your self if we are indeed the most confused eaters in the animal kingdom. Thank you all for reading and for putting up with my 20 day absence.