We've got a lot of it to do here. First up, I will try to complete at least one more installment of my History Of Your Teeth series. I'll introduce you to my new dinosaur friend, living out his now cruelty-free days at Animal Acres, and use that as a launching point into a new series about the evolution of modern food animals, tentatively titled "Paleontology (Not) On Your Plate."
But first, a word about my goals with this blog. Recently, there seems to have been a wave of visitors convinced that I am trying to build an evolutionary case for Man The Vegan. Of course, anyone who reads regularly -- and thank you both ;-) -- knows that's not the case, but it does raise the opportunity for some clarification.
PaleoVeganology does not seek to argue that veganism is H. sapiens' "natural" diet, nor does it accept the proposition that the so-called "paleo" diet is, either. This blog is rooted in skepticism, meaning that I doubt there is any such thing as a "natural" human diet. Evolution didn't simply design the world to suit our intestines, and many completely natural things are more dangerous to us than any synthetic food could ever be (after all, synthetic foods can't evolve defenses). Paleontology can conclusively establish the fact hominids ate meat, at times a lot of it. But that doesn't really tell us something we didn't already know, and it's hardly enough to make grand claims or establish umbrella hypotheses about.
The goal of this blog is to inform the vegan/animal rights movement with a paleontological perspective, and help us all understand the geo-biotic context that makes us neighbors, not rulers, of other species. Along the way, I'm sure, I will continue to encounter or be challenged by ghouls* of various varieties, but at this point, I am not primarily writing for them.
*Ghouls are beings who eat the flesh of corpses. Has a much nicer ring to it than "carnist," dontcha think?