Meat eating led to earlier weaning, helped humans spread across globe

Diets rich in meat helped early mother's wean their babies at an earlier age and allowed them to have more children, behaviors that may have helped humans spread more quickly across the world and had a profound effect on human evolution, according to new research. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden, publishing their work in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, found a clear connection between eating meat and weaning at an earlier age. They discovered that all mammalian species stop suckling when their brains have developed to a particular stage, with carnivores reaching that stage more rapidly than herbivores or omnivores. "Eating meat enabled the breast-feeding periods and thereby the time between births to be shortened," said Elia Psouni, lead author of the study. "This must have had a crucial impact on human evolution." Because human mothers wean their young so quickly, they "can potentially contribute a larger number of individuals to the human population during their reproductive years," Psouni told

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