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Why Have Bigfoot Sightings Decreased?
We don’t believe in Bigfoot at MeatEater, but we’re damn interested in him. To see if a crew of staunch skeptics could be swayed, we...
What’s the Best Evidence Bigfoot Exists?
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How Early Hunters Ran Down Deer on Foot
May 1, 2020
I jogged two miles this morning. I’m not bragging—deep down inside I know my hunting predecessors must be terribly ashamed of me. My knees hurt. My back ached. My shins burned. I couldn’t imagine running down and killing an energetic tortoise on foot, let alone a healthy antelope or deer. But according to many word-of-mouth accounts and a growing mound of anthropological evidence, that’s exactly what some hunters did for thousands of years.
The First Thanksgiving: Wild Game, Extinction, and Stuffing
Nov 26, 2019
A few years ago, Twitter put together a list of the most tweeted-about food on Thanksgiving. It was stacked with the classics like ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie.
If social media existed when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrated the first Turkey Day, the plates appearing on our news feeds would look radically different.
“Most of today’s classic Thanksgiving dishes weren’t served in 1621,” said Kathleen Curt, a culinary...
Bar Room Banter: Sex on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Aug 8, 2019
There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good and take notes as we go under the covers of Lewis and Clark’s famed expedition.
Prior to embarking across the continent with the Corps of Discovery, Meriwether Lewis trained under Dr. Benjamin Rush, whom President Thomas Jefferson...
Bar Room Banter: The Most Secluded Humans on Earth
Jul 17, 2019
There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good and take mental notes as we look at the most remote tribe in the world.
North Sentinel Island is located about 800 miles off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. It’s home to the most remote peoples in the world: the Sentinelese...
How Eating Meat Made Us Human
Jun 20, 2019
Anthropologists generally agree that eating meat was a pivotal change in early human diets. But they are still piecing together exactly how we evolved from big-stomached plant-eaters into big-brained meat-eaters about 2 million years ago.
For example, a study published this March in the academic journal Current Anthropology, suggests that if you want to eat like our earliest human ancestors, you ought to learn how to make bone broth. And maybe...
Dining on Dogs: The History of Eating Canines
Mar 29, 2019
When Lewis and Clark finally emerged from the Rocky Mountains 16 months into their journey, the crew was thin and weak. Their route through the Great Plains had provided a bounty of protein, and they’d grown accustomed to feasts of bison, elk and deer. In unfamiliar territory that seemed derelict of big game, they relied on the Nez Perce Indians to fill their stomachs.
The tribe graciously provided the corps with dried salmon and camas root...
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