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Dr. Dan lays out the theory: Optimal Foraging Strategy. When you look at cost/benefit analysis, a major investigative technique in optimal foraging theory, it becomes obvious that meat is by far the more efficient choice. Optimal foraging theory is a powerful new theory which states that animals forage in a highly efficient manner so that they maximise energy intake and minimise energy expenditure. For example, a crow trying to crack open a nut will fly just high enough so that it cracks the nut but no higher. it could fly 100’s of meters into the air and drop it but this would be a waste of energy and would not be ‘optimal’ foraging. Optimal foraging theory has led to a much greater understanding of many ecological and evolutionary concepts (adaptation, energy flow, competition). And so it is true for our paleolithic ancestors as well. Want a practical example? Observe various plant foraging or grazing animals. Pretty much, they're eating all the time. Gorillas are a prime example. To sustain those massive, strong bodies on the fibrous, very low density food they eat, they pretty much have to be chewing every waking hour. Then you have the ruminators. When they're not...


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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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