• Human evolution has been a progressive adaptation to a dynamic environment
• Over the 5m years since humans split from the chimpanzees, this adaptation has given us our present anatomy, physiology and some psychological characteristics
• Human physiological adaptation proceeds far more slowly - over thousands of generations - than social, cultural or technological adaptation
• For all but the last 10,000 years, human physiological adaptation followed a broadly consistent direction.
• About 10,000 years ago the transition to agriculture began, taking over, piecemeal,the hunter-gatherers basis of societies of the Palaeolithic period; thus began a radical divergence from our evolutionary past The dimensions of this break from the past are explored in our page on the Evolutionary Health Principle
• Agriculture and settlement transformed the course of human evolution: humans began modifying the environment rather than adapting to it; our Palaeolithic minds and bodies began creating the modern cultural era
• Human modification of the environment has increased exponentially over the past 10,000 years, from local, temporary and superficial to global, permanent and systemic.
These assumptions lead to certain observations
Evfit Home The premise on which these assumptions are based A statement on the purpose of this website
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