DIET-Scratches: DIETary Strategies and their Changes Recorded by Ancient Teeth:
Considering the Hominin Evolutionary Sequence
Type of project
DIET-Scratches is a collaborative project funded by the French National Agency for Research, 2018-2021.
To assess how climate changes have impacted human evolution requires us to investigate the feeding ecology of hominins, as food resources are highly dependent from climate conditions. The DIET-Scratches project attempts to detect ecological behaviors in dental archives in investigating different proxies on a large set of domesticated pigs issued from different controlled food testing. The DIET-Scratches project has for ambition to re-investigate the dietary habits of early hominins from the Omo valley in Ethiopia through the prisms of this experimental approach.
The work has just begun.
DIET-Scratches is conducted by two teams: Paleovoprim (which coordinates the project) and GenEsi Unit (INRA). A dozen of scientists from these teams and others groups (Pprime, Poitiers et LGL : TPE, Lyon) compose the research group.