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How the Modern Body Shaped Up

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Science  04 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6081, pp. 538-539
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6081.538-b

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Modern humans have gone through a lot of changes in the past 30,000 years. We switched from hunting and gathering to farming and herding; from life as nomads to settling in urban centers; from eating meat, nuts, and tubers to consuming grains, sugars, and dairy products. Now, a remarkably comprehensive analysis of more than 2000 European skeletons presented at the meeting reveals how these cultural changes have altered our physiques.