Skip to comments.How 6,000 Years Of Agriculture Transformed Athletic Humans Into Couch Potatoes
Posted on 04/12/2014 12:05:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Researchers at Cambridge University, U.K. finds that after agricultures emergence in Central Europe starting around 5300 BC, bones of those living in the Danube River valley became progressively less strong, pointing to a regressive decline in human mobility and loading...
Research by Alison Macintosh, a PhD candidate in Cambridge Universitys Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, finds functional adaptation in postcranial skeletal morphology in response to prolonged cultural and behavioural change across ~6150 years of agriculture in Central Europe (~5300 cal BC to 850 AD)...
Dr. Ron Pinhasi of the University College in Dublin, Ireland, notes that colonization of Europe by anatomically modern humans (AMHs) ca. 45,000 years before present (BP) and the transition to farming ca. 8,000 BP were two pivotal events in human prehistory...
Using Dr. Shaws study of bone rigidity among modern Cambridge University undergraduates, Ms. Macintosh suggests that male mobility among primitive farmers (around 7,300 years ago) was, on average, at a level near that of student cross-country runners in 2014, observing that within just over 3,000 years, average human mobility had dropped to the level approximating that of students categorized as sedentary today, after which the decline slowed.
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That research is correct. After age 45, exercise is more beneficial to good health than diet, vitamin and other supplements, or any other snake oil out there.
A different kind of exercise than hunting and gathering, and maybe not so healthy. But it's not exactly a couch potato lifestyle.
Yeah. Athletic humans who had an average life expectancy of about 30 years. I’ll take civilization. Anyone who wouldn’t, I have 2 words for you.
Grinding grains to make bread led to tooth wear and failure, ultimately fatal absesses; it remained a problem until relatively recently, but at least one pharaoh died of it.
Maybe so - as regards the “couch potato” claim since domesticated agriculture - but so many other things I have read have talked about shorter life spans of humans in earlier ages.
Absolutely. From about age 23 to 50 I did absolutely no exercise other than walking and last year I finally took up running and holy cow what a difference. For years i felt like crap, tired all the time, and now it’s like night and day, like getting rocket fuel in the body. Everything has improved 1000% even my hearing which shocked me. Once that blood flow improves, everything is different, everything changes for the better. Every person out there who is out of shape, constantly has health issues or is tired all the time, or is depressed, got problems with sex - Try exercise it will absolutely change your life around I kid you not.
At age 50 I had gall bladder surgery the old fashioned way...with an 8 inch incision. I think they gave me too much anesthesia or something because my heart beats became irregular. That continued until I retired at 57 and took up playing golf 4 to 5 times a week and walk 18 holes. My heart beats became regular, like you my hearing improved, my energy levels improved, sex improved, weight dropped! Now in my 70’s, I am still going strong...I chalk it off to daily walking on golf course or the treadmill at home. I rarely take any supplements, eat whatever is handy, and do not need regular doctor visits.
It’s amazing isn’t it. The difference is tremendous. People wonder why when they were kids they had so much energy. It’s not just because kids are younger, it’s because kids are always running around. What was weird was when I started exercising again all those feelings I had when i was a kid returned, smells, hearing, that high from energy. People do get damaged by age but not much. Jack LaLanne for example when he was 70 towed 70 rowboats filled with 70 people while he was handcuffed and shackled across San Francisco bay. How many 20 year olds can do that? As long as people excercize not much changes.
Walking is VERY good for you.
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uh, Potatoes come from Peru.
and one wonders how many “skeletans” he examined to decide this.
Think how happy we’d been starving in the savanna if only we’d skipped agriculture completely. When I see the subsistence lifestyle of hunter/gatherers I long for those simple days.
Then we’ve had to endure the sheer horror of the Industrial Revolution, Borlaug’s Green Revolution that ended starvation for so many people, and here I am on FR suffering through the Information Age.
Ugh. Please, can’t we just elect socialist overlords to take us back to the good old days?
True, but there’s no old saying “couch butterbean”.
Lives in a cage humans put him into. I’ll take brains for $2000, Alex.
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