Navigation Links
Is there a Neanderthal in the house?
Date:2/15/2013

Bunions bothering you? How about lower back pain, or impacted wisdom teeth?

As we humans evolved over the millennia to walk on two legs, grow larger brains and shorter jaws, bear big babies and live longer, we've also experienced some negative consequences on our way to becoming the world's most successful primate, at nearly 7 billion strong.

But keeping our evolutionary history in mind can help us better deal with issues from obesity to difficult childbirth in a much more productive way, according to Karen Rosenberg, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Delaware.

Rosenberg co-organized and spoke on the "Scars of Human Evolution" panel at one of the largest scientific gatherings in the world--the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Friday, Feb. 15, in Boston.

The panel's title originated from a 1951 Scientific American article by Wilton Krogman that highlighted how our evolutionary history can account for many of the problems associated with the current human condition. Rosenberg and her co-panelists examined areas ranging from obstetrics and orthopedics, to dentistry, gerontology, diet and nutrition.

"We need to understand our evolutionary history in order to understand why we have some of the maladies that we have," Rosenberg says. "They either helped us in a previous environment, or they are trade-offs from adaptations that did confer important advantages like our obstetrical and orthopedic problems that are side effects of walking on two legs rather than four."

Today, the industrialized world faces rising obesity rates. Yet eons ago, food was scarce, and foraging was a constant activity to survive. The more fats and sugars that could be gained from food back then, the more energy to fuel those ever-expanding hominid brains.

The cavewoman of 100,000 years ago didn't have 10-pound babies, take drugs, smoke, o
'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Boyle Tippett
aboyle@udel.edu
302-831-1421
University of Delaware
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Professor known for work with hunter-gatherers elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2. UGA study finds theres not always safety in numbers when it comes to extinction risk
3. Theres more star-stuff out there but its not dark matter
4. Feathered saurians -- downy dinosaur discovered
5. Overweight? Theres a vaccine for that
6. Why are there so many species of beetles and so few crocodiles?
7. Bumblebees do best where there is less pavement and more floral diversity
8. International study: Where theres smoke or smog, theres climate change
9. Cooperators can coexist with cheaters, as long as there is room to grow
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Is there a Neanderthal in the house?
(Date:7/31/2014)... experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against ... , which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately ... print in Infection and Immunity . , ... non-human primates against the purified toxins produced by ... spore infection, a laboratory model that mimics the human ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the ... at The University of Texas at Dallas. , ... Ear and Hearing , researchers demonstrated for the ... brain,s recognition of speech sounds. , Noise-induced hearing ... affecting an estimated 15 percent of Americans between ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... step has been made to help better identify and treat ... abnormal narrowing and enlarging of medium sized arteries in the ... other organs causing damage. In a new report appearing in ... , scientists provide evidence that that FMD may not be ... show a connection to abnormalities of bones and joints, as ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):C. difficile vaccine proves safe, 100 percent effective in animal models 2UT Dallas study reveals effect of loud noises on brain 2Scientists discover biochemical mechanisms contributing to fibromuscular dysplasia 2
... farming and relieve the pressure on overexploited fish stocks. ... fish escape? Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have ... are urging caution:,-Until further notice transgenic fish should be ... at the Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg. ...
... A research report featured on the cover of the September ... http://www.fasebj.org ) describes how Australian scientists developed a new gene ... to transport their cargo into our cells. As a result ... cell,s nucleus far more efficiently than in the past, raising ...
... from natural coal deposits in the Gulf of Alaska ... the Exxon Valdez tanker catastrophe. This clearly disproves the ... observed environmental damage. PAH pollutants were blamed for the ... Alaska. Then a dispute erupted over the origins of ...
Cached Biology News:Risks involved with transgenic fish 2Finding the ZIP-code for gene therapy: Scientists imitate viruses to deliver therapeutic genes 2Bioavailable contaminants come from the Exxon Valdez oil catastrophe 2
(Date:8/1/2014)... , Aug. 1, 2014 ... the "The World Market for Flow Cytometry ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... that are now an important component of advanced ... diagnostic instruments for cancer diagnostics, but their newer ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... 2014 The  PROPEL Center  of the  iBIO ... rate of early-stage life sciences companies in ... 15 grants to help Illinois ...   in Chicago .   AdvaMed ... North America , bringing more than 1,000 ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM ) reports results for ... Highlights , Second quarter sales increased 59% to ... year. , Second quarter EBITDA increased 86% to $21.2 ... year (see table at the end of this release). ... of foreign currency, to between 13% and 16% over 2013, ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... July 31, 2014 Today BioSpace , the leading life ... map campaign spotlighting the life sciences community in Illinois ... Kansas , Michigan , Minnesota ... Ohio and Wisconsin . ... percent of all job postings on BioSpace originating in this region in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The World Market for Flow Cytometry in IVD Applications 2iBIO Institute's PROPEL Center Awards Grants for AdvaMed 2014 to Early-Stage Life Sciences Companies 2iBIO Institute's PROPEL Center Awards Grants for AdvaMed 2014 to Early-Stage Life Sciences Companies 3iBIO Institute's PROPEL Center Awards Grants for AdvaMed 2014 to Early-Stage Life Sciences Companies 4Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 10Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 11Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 12Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 13Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 14Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 15Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 16Midwest Biotech Leaders Featured On BioSpace Map 2
... China, July 7 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Clean,Energy Inc. ... "Company"),a producer of biodiesel fuel and environmentally-friendly specialty ... Republic of China,("PRC"), today announced that business conditions ... the first quarter, driven by improved demand and,higher ...
... Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... developing breakthrough treatments for human disease, announced today that it ... LX1032 , the company,s oral drug candidate for managing ... LX1032 is designed to reduce serotonin production in patients ...
... The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and The ... initiative to develop stable and immortalized Waldenstrom,s macroglobulinemia (WM) ... researchers to test potential new treatments for the disease. ... lymphoma, characterized by B-lymphocytes in the bone marrow, and ...
Cached Biology Technology:China Clean Energy Provides Business Update 2China Clean Energy Provides Business Update 3Lexicon Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial of LX1032 in Patients With Carcinoid Syndrome 2Lexicon Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial of LX1032 in Patients With Carcinoid Syndrome 3Lexicon Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial of LX1032 in Patients With Carcinoid Syndrome 4The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation Partner to Develop Cell Lines to Advance Research 2The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation Partner to Develop Cell Lines to Advance Research 3
... a fixative useful for routine procedures. Hollandes ... stable and will decalcify small bone specimens. ... be stained successfully with most stains, and ... red blood cell membranes and cosinophil and ...
Chicken polyclonal antibody to Glutathione-S-Transfrease (GST)...
... the complete enterprise microarray informatics platform for microarray ... Acuity once and use it forever without paying ... Quality Acuity has all the analysis tools ... data, from quality control statistics and normalization, all ...
... As the world of discovery races ever ... you on the fast track. So our constant ... help accelerate your research. Thats why our Biomek ... platform thats as advanced as it is flexible. ...
Biology Products: