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To meat or not to meat? New perspectives on Neanderthal ecology

Overview of attention for article published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, November 2014
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)
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Title
To meat or not to meat? New perspectives on Neanderthal ecology
Published in
American Journal of Physical Anthropology, November 2014
DOI 10.1002/ajpa.22659
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Authors

Luca Fiorenza, Stefano Benazzi, Amanda G. Henry, Domingo C. Salazar-García, Ruth Blasco, Andrea Picin, Stephen Wroe, Ottmar Kullmer

Abstract

Neanderthals have been commonly depicted as top predators who met their nutritional needs by focusing entirely on meat. This information mostly derives from faunal assemblage analyses and stable isotope studies: methods that tend to underestimate plant consumption and overestimate the intake of animal proteins. Several studies in fact demonstrate that there is a physiological limit to the amount of animal proteins that can be consumed: exceeding these values causes protein toxicity that can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women and newborns. Consequently, to avoid food poisoning from meat-based diets, Neanderthals must have incorporated alternative food sources in their daily diets, including plant materials as well. Yrbk Phys Anthropol 156:43-71, 2015. © 2014 American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Japan 2 1%
Germany 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Croatia 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 176 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 47 25%
Researcher 31 16%
Student > Master 29 15%
Student > Bachelor 22 12%
Professor 15 8%
Other 45 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Arts and Humanities 48 25%
Social Sciences 35 19%
Unspecified 30 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 14%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 19 10%
Other 30 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 18. 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 18 February 2016.
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#826,435
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Outputs from American Journal of Physical Anthropology
#277
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#20,739
of 293,878 outputs
Outputs of similar age from American Journal of Physical Anthropology
#4
of 55 outputs
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