Neanderthals totally dug on veggies, yo! »
That’s right! Scientists discovered traces of veggies, legumes and grains in the teeth of some Neanderthal specimens. More interesting, in my opinion, is that there’s evidence some of the food was cooked. See, previously, scientists thought Neanderthals exclusively ate meat, based on the amount of protein in their bones—we all know you can ONLY get protein from meat. Or the wacky idea that their bodies might have processed nutrients differently than ours? But whatevs, now we know they ate plants too.
Considering that early humans were hunter-gatherers (possibly even hunter-scavengers), and up to 80 percent of the hunter-gatherer diet comes from the gathering, it doesn’t surprise me that Neanderthals ate plants. It’s up for debate, but there’s evidence that humans and Neanderthals were living on earth at the same time;* what’s more, earlier this year scientists found evidence that Neanderthals and humans interbred. At the very least, Neanderthals could have observed the diet practiced by humans and followed suit. Then again, they could have discovered plant food-sources all on their own. I mean if you’re hungry, you’re going to try to eat whatever you may find around you. If it tastes alright and doesn’t kill you, you might eat it again. Other apes were able to discover the joy of veggies, why not Neanderthals too?
I’m more interested in how they cooked—that’s totally news to me. Dolores Piperno, who led the study, explains, “the evidence for cooking is strong. The starch grains are gelatinized, and that can only come from heat associated with cooking.” Fascinating! We all know how humans discovered fire: Prometheus! Did he totally bless the Neanderthals with fire as well?
The study also has implications on why Neanderthals went extinct and we didn’t. One theory was that they went extinct because animals they ate, like the wooly mammoth, went extinct and so they had nothing to eat; the news that they had more sophisticated and diverse diets puts an end to that. Poor scientists! I like the theory I learned in college: humans totally forced Neanderthals into oblivion! It reinforces my opinion that humans are a bunch of jerks.
*I majored in anthropology in college, where they taught us that Neanderthals definitely existed at the same time as humans but I guess not everyone believes that. This is the annoying part of anthropology; people are like, “this happened and this happened,” and then they’re always like, “OR, they didn’t!”
Loving Hut in Inner Sunset to open THIS SATURDAY! »
Hey guys! We reported on it going in and now we have word that it’s opening on Saturday, Dec. 18! As in, TOMORROW! Er, or it might be Sunday. EITHER WAY, it’s this weekend.
Who’s going?? Drumsticks for all!
That’s Ching Hai, calling in an order of drumsticks to go for me.
[thanks for the heads-up, Hugh!]
Vegan baked goods taking over: Babycakes opens in Disney World! »
YOU GUYS! There is a Babycakes in Disney World! Can you imagine? Vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free baked goods at DISNEY WORLD? News like this is what keeps us going when the bestselling cookbooks are all about dismembering animals at home. Vegan diets are the future, and our first victory will be over baked goods.
OK mrs. philosophical, but how did Babycakes even get to Orlando? Well! Disney at large, in an effort to be healthier, ended their contracts with McDonald’s. Just dumped them! And then invited, “among many, many, many others” Babycakes to be part of a healthier Disney project. Erin McKenna, being a clever and enterprising lady, agreed, and two years later, we have Babycakes Disney World!
Remember when all the promotional Disney movie toys came in Happy Meals? I remember specifically really wanting a cheap plastic Ariel toy and getting a really terrible Prince Eric toy instead. He came in a boat that did not float, and his hands were molded all poorly so he didn’t really have defined fingers. Also his skin was gray. I really hated that thing. Those days are over now, right? Or will McDonald’s continue its reign of terror even after Disney has divested itself of all that evil?
Or maybe, be quiet and be happy now, Babycakes is in Disney World!!
[photo by Brianna]
Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers »
Some good news! Meat eaters don’t like hearing about shitty conditions animals live and die in, so let’s keep reminding them! Every chance we get! In a non-preachy, non-offensive way, of course. I know, our job is never easy, but we’re not the ones crowded into CAFO’s breathing in the shit of our friends and family while we wait to die, right? GOOD MORNING! I AM A BUNDLE OF SUNSHINE AND LIGHT! Now, get out there and do your part to keep animal news in the news and get active and vocal for the animals. Ow!
[Thanks for the link, Paul!]
Adopt-a-Rabbit update! »
Good news, everyone! Anne reports that the Adopt-a-Rabbit event on Saturday was a great success! All of 14 rabbits found loving homes, including Misses Bijou and Clementine. Isn’t that lovely? And there’ll be another, even bigger bunny adoption event in a few weeks in Richmond, in case you missed this one and need a bun in your life (hint: you do)—we’ll keep you posted with details as they’re finalized. In the meantime, please direct your questions to Anne.
Thanks to everyone who went, and all the people who took home a rabbit. It’s basically your patriotic duty to adopt an animal, so consider yourselves better citizens for it. Or at least better residents, whatever. Love your animal pals, that’s what’s important.
[pictured: Goldie and Kisses, of the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary]
Every Monday is “Vegetarian Day” in San Francisco! »
A resolution declaring every Monday as “Vegetarian Day” to urge all restaurants, grocery stores, and schools to offer a variety of plant-based options to improve the health of San Francisco residents PASSED TODAY! First city in the nation to have a regular vegetarian day! GO SF!!!!
The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors this afternoon. More official details if you’re all intellectual and questioning of My Word and shit. It’s a terrible PDF (they’re the WORST!), you’ve been warned.
We are totally having a party at Vegansaurus HQ and will have a full update later but for now, LET’S DRINK VEGAN WHITE RUSSIANS AND EAT VEGAN DOUBLE DOWNS UNTIL WE PASS OUT AND THEN DO IT AGAIN!
Hellmann’s launches new light mayo recipe with cage-free eggs! »
Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise is the first consumer product of its stature and volume in the packaged foods industry to use 100 percent cage-free eggs—which equates to approximately 3.5 million pounds of eggs.
That’s a shit-ton of eggs. Before everyone bitches (and I know you’re gonna do it anyway because you’re all sassy and opinionated and I love that about you), I just want to say: I know it’s not vegan, but moves like this are victories. We all know that cage-free isn’t cruelty-free, but Americans eat like a bazillion eggs every year and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. Better those of us who aren’t vegan (yet!) eat cage-free and start to THINK about where their eggs come from. Of course, I’m never going to eat Hellman’s Light Mayo, but I really hope people will choose it over their competitors. It’s a start and every victory helps.
Oh also, did you know that Trader Joe’s Light Mayo is vegan? It is. And it’s cheap, too! So there is your vegan news as well! BAM!