Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome Jacqui Murray to join me on CarolCooks2 as you all know I am inquisitive and love discovering food and who eats or has eaten what…looking at the list of foods below I can recognise many foods that we still eat or forage for now the main difference is that the food in these early days was eaten raw… fire and it uses had just been discovered and cooking on fire was in its early days and not widespread…
Natural Selection, Dawn of Humanity Book 3 is the latest book and I am looking forward to discovering what Lucy, Natural Selection’s main character and her tribe eat and forage for…
In this conclusion to Lucy’s journey, she and her tribe leave their good home to rescue
former-tribe members captured by the enemy. Lucy’s tribe includes a mix of species–a
Canis, a Homotherium, and different iterations of early man. In this book, more join and
some die, but that is the nature of prehistoric life, where survival depends on a
combination of our developing intellect and our inexhaustible will to live. Each species
brings unique skills to this task. Based on true events.
Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of
a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man
threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered
how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book
is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!
Let’s now have a look at what kinds of foods early man foraged and hunted for on their travels…
What Did Early Man Eat?
Most scientists credit man’s survival over 2 million tumultuous years to our big brains, that we’re smarter than other animals around us, but another trait may be more responsible. Throughout our tumultuous existence, daunting challenges, deadly predators, and changing climate has forced–encouraged?–man to migrate from our original African savannas to blistering deserts, steamy equatorial jungles, Arctic ice flows, temperate–and intemperate–mountains, and frozen tundra. No other animal does this. Most remain where they started and when that habitat changes, become extinct. Gorillas are being pushed into smaller and smaller corners of Africa as their jungle habitat melts away. The great herds of Africa occupy ever-shrinking grasslands as desert and civilization encroach on their grazing. The Panda Bear who eats only bamboo faces dramatically shrinking numbers as the bamboo jungles of predominantly China die out.
If none of these species can adapt to change, how did we?
The reasons are complicated, but today, we’ll talk about one arguably as important as our big
brains: We eat anything. We’re happy to devour plants, meat, insects, nuts, fruit, roots and
everything in between. This empowers us to migrate wherever we choose, assured of finding
food. Before we became farmers, we were hunter-gatherers. We hunted meat and gathered
plant foods (including nuts and berries), and ate it raw because 2 million years ago, we knew nothing about cooking with fire (or doing anything with fire other than avoid it). Even back then, though, it is believed our ancestors understood conservation. They took some of the plants, fruit, roots, and other available food, but not all, knowing what remained would repopulate the area for their next visit.
Here are some of the foods your ancestors considered staples:
- Ground Birds
- Marrow from Bones
- Rose Hips
- Shoots and Sprouts
- Wild Turnips
Most of those foods are familiar to me and in cultures around the world are still eaten maybe cooked instead of being eaten raw or mixed with aromatics that were not available back then but nevertheless are still eaten…but I still like to read that they were mindful not to just strip a source of food but leave some so it could still grow and be available for another day…
A second factor that my character Lucy and her tribe hadn’t yet experienced was fire (this will be prominent in the next trilogy, Savage Land). Once man conquered fire–scientists disagree when but maybe a million years ago—it was used to soften food, make it easier to chew and digest. It also killed germs that could kill us and preserved food longer than it would last in a natural state.
This last, Lucy experienced but didn’t understand.
If you’re curious about how first humans found and prepared food, I go into a lot of detail in my
trilogies, Dawn of Humanity and Crossroads.
This video is great as it gives us an insight into the life of early man and how hard it was back then…
Title and author: Natural Selection by Jacqui Murray
Series: Book 3 in the Dawn of Humanity series
Genre: Prehistoric fiction
Editor: Anneli Purchase
Available print or digital) at: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B0B9KPM5BW
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which
explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of
the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s
journey from high school to the United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over
a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,
a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.
Social Media contacts:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ/
Thank you for joining me today I do hope you check out Jacqui’s’s new release…I have already read and loved “The Crossroads” trilogy and cannot wait to start the Dawn of Humanity series. Wishing you good luck with your blog tour Jacqui x