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Do the Teeth Prove an Animal is Carnivorous?

We've known all our lives that some animals are carnivorous. They eat much meat, a few of them perhaps nearly exclusively. If someone was standing outside looking in, would there be a way to predict this habit? Say, the teeth?

We've been conditioned to think that herbivores grind their food, whereas carnivores tear it, rip it, with sharper, cutting teeth. But if our outsider were to have all the animals brought before him and he was called upon to separate the animals accordingly, would he achieve 100% success?

Well, consider the teeth of the gorilla (see the photo). Gorillas are nearly exclusively herbivores, although they do eat termites and caterpillars, also. They have elongated teeth that (believe me) you would not want to become embedded in your arm. Our outsider would doubtless place our friend the gorilla in the wrong category.

When we're told things, it is wise not to buy into them too quickly, sadly, sometimes even when an individual is portrayed to us as an expert.

By the way, you may find the original diet for all the animals and man most interesting. It is found in Genesis Chapter 1 Verses 29 and 30...

Then God said: “Here I have given to you every seed-bearing plant that is on the entire earth and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. Let them serve as food for you. And to every wild animal of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving on the earth in which there is life, I have given all green vegetation for food.” And it was so.

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lookatdesktop wrote on July 31, 2017, 7:32 PM

For this reason I am seriously considering becoming vegan. However, why do so many humans crave the flesh of animal meat? And for that matter, what is the actual mind-set of those among us humans, who are totally against the idea of consuming meat from animals and fish and foul and such? Could there be an historic and cultural point of divergence where man turned from being herbivores to meat eaters and why is it that there is clearly a divide between all humans as to the very nature of consumption of meat? Was it the meat that began becoming the mainstay of the human diet born of necessity? Did the diversity of available food sources lead man into becoming omnivores that we are in fact called as such, today?

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VinceSummers wrote on July 31, 2017, 7:48 PM

Humans were originally vegetarian, as were the animals. For whatever reason, God told Noah humans could eat meat as of that time, and animals could do so, likewise. Doubtless to preserve the animals from extinction, the fear of man was put into them.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 31, 2017, 9:42 PM

This all makes perfect sense. The answers are all there in the Bible. I am glad you found a rational explanation. Science will be forever trying to make complex issues around this instead of just keeping it simple by way of learning from the good book.

VinceSummers wrote on July 31, 2017, 9:56 PM

And now many scientists are claiming that many of the dinosaurs they formerly identified as carnivorous, were actually herbivorous.

MegL wrote on August 2, 2017, 1:24 PM

The gorilla, the hippopotamus and even the saber toothed deer are ALL totally vegetarian but have enormous canine teeth. Apparently they are used for territorial disputes with others of their own kind.