Early humans and hunter-gatherer societies developed an appetite for meat, forsaking their once almost entirely vegetarian diets.
The ancestors of modern, domesticated cows had a deadly relationship with prehistoric humans. Tool use, brain size, and language connect to the human appetite for meat.
Grass spread over much of the Earth's surface as the planet's climate became cooler and drier. Cows evolved to make use of the resource. Christopher Columbus introduced cows to the Americas; the Atlantic separates cows into two distinct populations.
All cows trace back to one herd. DNA evidence reveals that cows are a human invention. Learn about the first farmers to domesticate cows.
Credits: Rise of the Carnivores
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Eating meat made us human...by giving us bigger brains, better tools, and spoken language. The human need for beef has driven history across the hemispheres, but how did we turn an ancient mega-beast into the cow we have today?
Length: 22 minutes
Copyright date: ©2013
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