How "Paleo" is Your Diet?

April 6, 2016

Large crowd seated in front of a presenter on stage in the Hall of the Universe

Evolutionary biologists argue that no study of human health or evolution is complete without considering the trillions of microbes that live in us or on us—our microbiome. Join molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner as she explores how scientists are reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome to better understand the lives and health of our ancestors, and whether the popular “paleo” diet has any relation to real human history.

This SciCafe event occurred on April 6, 2016. Hear the full program in this podcast, or watch a version here:

The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

SciCafe: How “Paleo is Your Diet?”, The Secret World Inside You, and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.



Read More

  • Learn more about Dr. Warinner’s research lab here.
  • A recent interview about the evolution of human diet on the PBS program SciTech Now.
  • A new article on National Geographic discussing how tooth plaque may hold clues about ancient life.
  • A publication on “Microbiome and Health in Past and Present Human Populations”.
  • Read more about the intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification.

About the Speaker

Warinner Headshot

Christina Warinner, Ph.D., is co-director of the Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research (LMAMR) and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Her current research focuses on examining major transitions in human diet and oral microbial ecology.

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