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Assessing the calorific significance of episodes of human cannibalism in the Palaeolithic

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, April 2017
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Title
Assessing the calorific significance of episodes of human cannibalism in the Palaeolithic
Published in
Scientific Reports, April 2017
DOI 10.1038/srep44707
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Authors

James Cole

Abstract

Episodes of Palaeolithic cannibalism have frequently been defined as 'nutritional' in nature, but with little empirical evidence to assess their dietary significance. This paper presents a nutritional template that offers a proxy calorie value for the human body. When applied to the Palaeolithic record, the template provides a framework for assessing the dietary value of prehistoric cannibalistic episodes compared to the faunal record. Results show that humans have a comparable nutritional value to those faunal species that match our typical body weight, but significantly lower than a range of fauna often found in association with anthropogenically modified hominin remains. This could suggest that the motivations behind hominin anthropophagy may not have been purely nutritionally motivated. It is proposed here that the comparatively low nutritional value of hominin cannibalism episodes support more socially or culturally driven narratives in the interpretation of Palaeolithic cannibalism.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Japan 2 2%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 114 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 17%
Researcher 18 15%
Student > Bachelor 13 11%
Professor 7 6%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 20 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 23 19%
Arts and Humanities 20 17%
Social Sciences 11 9%
Environmental Science 11 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 7%
Other 27 23%
Unknown 20 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2176. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 September 2020.
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#1,559
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Outputs from Scientific Reports
#18
of 86,694 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#32
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Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#1
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