The Metabolic Imperative: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Energy Dynamics

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Crystal Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
William Leonard , Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
The study of energy is central to the field of human evolutionary biology because it is an important currency for measuring both adaptation and health. Indeed, shifts in the acquisition and allocation of energy underlie most of the major trends in human evolution. This paper draws on data from contemporary human populations around the world to show the influence of both natural selection and lifestyle change in shaping variation in energy dynamics and nutritional health.