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The Tarsier

Dian's tarsier

 ^^^   http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/image/601 

Stumbled on this comment/reply from ” Megahertz Donut ”  , as made on the Scientific American :

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=humans-are-becoming-more-carnivorous

I’m sorry but that is simply not true that we evolved from a more carnivorous past. Like our ape relatives, we spent most of our millions of years as insectivores and frugivores. The only truly carnivorous primate is the tarsier; the rest of us are much more herbivorous no matter what your local bacon salesman has told you.
Even as humans became more omnivorous, meat was never as large a part of our diet as it is now due to artificial cheapness from subsidies and modern farming techniques. Also keep in mind that throughout most of history, humans in different areas ate very different diets from each other as noted in the article.

Errr … Tarsiers ? Had to look it up !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsier says :

Tarsiers are the only extant entirely carnivorous primates: they are primarily insectivorous , and catch insects by jumping at them. They are also known to prey on birds, snakes, lizards, and bats.

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