Did Pacific men eat better than women 3,000 years ago? | Pacific Beat

Did Pacific men eat better than women 3,000 years ago?

Did Pacific men eat better than women 3,000 years ago?

Updated 10 March 2014, 17:36 AEDT

Three thousand years ago, Pacific men appear to have had a richer diet than women.

That's one of the findings of a study of ancient skeletons from the Lapita pottery era in Vanuatu. Dr Rebecca Kinaston from Otago University in New Zealand led the research, using a technique called stable isotope analysis to study bones and discover what sort of food people ate. She says it seems that the early settlers of Melanesia tended to eat what was already available on the islands, rather than plant food crops.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Dr Rebecca Kinaston, New Zealand's Otago University

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