Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Seed-eating Hypothesis

Model of hominid evolution proposed by C. Jolly that adaptations for feeding on small food items such as seeds, grasses, and tubers provided the selection pressures for the evolution of hominid biological characteristics. According to this model, early hominids relied on small-object feeding, which cascaded into savannah adaptations and bipedalism. It is a referential model that exploits supposed morphological and behavioral analogies between gelada baboons and early hominids.

See T complex.

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