Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 3 months ago

Is the human being a naturally carnivorous animal?

13 Answers

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Actually an omnivore

  • Megumi
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    We are omnivorous, not carnivorous or herbivorous..

  • 3 months ago

    We are omnivores, as are almost all primates.

  • 3 months ago

    Primates -- which humans are -- are omnivorous. Individual humans can vary, but this isn't a biological thing so much as it is a cultural one.

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  • 3 months ago

    No. Look at our teeth and compare them to those of a cat (carnivore), horse (herbivore), and bear or hog (omnivores). We have both sharp canines in the front and broad molariform teeth in the rear, allowing us to consume both meat and vegetable matter.

  • 3 months ago

    "Carnivorous" implies a level of dietary selectivity that is not true for humans.  We are all naturally OMnivorous.  Or, as my Cajun cousins would say, "We'll eat any damned thing."

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    No. Primates were omnivorous from their origin.

  • 3 months ago

    Omnivorous. Anything that isn't rotten. Meats and veggies are fine.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    We evolved from an ape, and apes are vegetarians. However, apes live in forests where there are lots of plants to eat, so most apes do not need to eat meat. The chimpanzee, OTOH, does eat meat because it is excluded from the best forest habitats by gorillas. The bonobo lives in a gorilla and chimp free area and they do not eat meat either.

    Humans evolved on the African savanna, where the most abundant vegetation is grass, something no ape or human can digest and it is also nutritionally poor. Therefore, in order to stay alive, our ancestors evolve as hunter gatherers. Humans both hunt for meat and we also gather plants. We are omnivores, just like the chimp, our closest relative. We eat both meat and plants, naturally. it is in fact unnatural to eat only plants.

  • 3 months ago

    The human being is a natural omnivore. 

    We eat both meat/flesh/animal products (carnivores) and vegetative matter (herbivores) 

    The bias of our digestive systems is towards herbivorism(vegetative matter.  We have more teeth(molars) to grind vegetative matter than canine teeth to sheer carnivorous matter. 

    NB We are not 'detrivores', that is we do not eat partially rotten food, be it meat or vegetative matter. 

    NB THe Biblical wisdom and current fashionable thinking is '5-2' that is for every seven days we can eat meat (break -fast) on 5 days  , but the other 2 days we 'fast' that is we do not eat meat, but we can eat vegetative matter. 

    The word 'fast' is  often misunderstood to mean 'no food' , but historically it means not to eat meat.      

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