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    Very interesting. From the paper:



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    Our results call into question some common assumptions about human foragers. In humans, males and females forage apart and target different foods much of the time (Kelly, 1995). Jochim (1988) points out that OFT models have been developed for species in which the generic forager is analyzed, rather than two very different foragers (one male and one female). Yet despite the distinct costs for males and females in acquiring certain foods (due to strength, size, or risk), the preferences of males and females are often assumed to be the same. We found, however, there are sex differences in food preferences among the Hadza.
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    Caloric value predicted the most referred (honey) and least preferred foods (tubers) for the Hadza. The macronutrient differences in male preferred foods and female preferred foods may be characterized as males preferring protein (meat) more and females preferring sugar (berries) more.
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    It is interesting that men bring back to camp more calories of honey per hour gone from camp than any other food type, followed by meat, baobab, berries, and finally tubers. This happens to be exactly the same as their preference ranking. This suggests that men might devote more effort to getting the foods that they like the most. Women’s acquisition, on the other hand, does not match their preference ranks
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    Source: http://bit.ly/4vv2lX (Full Text PDF)

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