Alyssa Crittenden is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. To be more specific, Alyssa is a behavioural ecologist and nutritional anthropologist who works among the Hadza hunter-gatherers in East Africa.
Professor Crittenden’s work is inter-disciplinary, including anthropology, ecology, nutrition and human biology, with a primary focus on the evolution of human behaviours as adaptive solutions and placing them in a sociological and ecological context.
The Hadza live near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. They are the last remaining tribe on the whole of the African continent to forage for the majority of their diet. Much of Professor Crittenden’s work has centred on spending time with the Hadza in order to gain an increased understanding of the hunter-gatherer life as well as shedding some light on broader questions of human behaviour and human evolution.
Professor Crittenden’s fieldwork at Lake Eyasi, Tanzania includes,
2015: Hadza Dental Microwear: Implications for the evolution of human diet.
2013: Testing the Cooking Hypothesis: the nutrient availability of cooked versus raw tubers.
2013: Characterizing the Hadza gut microbiome.
2011-2012: Cross-cultural Studies in Cognition.
2005: Oldowan Use-wear Experiments and Analysis: Wild tuber processing by Hadza women.
2004-2006: Allomaternal Care and Juvenile Foraging among Hadza Foragers: Implications for
the evolution of cooperative breeding in humans.
In particular I was interested to speak with Alyssa about her work on the evolution of the human diet, foraging and food sharing strategies, including her hypothesis about the importance of honey consumption in the human evolution.
Our conversation forms Episode 10 of The Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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More About Alyssa Crittenden And Her Work…
Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/alyssacrittenden/
UNLV website: http://www.unlv.edu/people/alyssa-crittenden
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