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A new study places humans smack in the middle of the global food chain, right between pigs and anchovies. We often consider ourselves top predators, yet a new study focusing on human trophic levels demonstrates quite the opposite, according to NPR. 

Humans are in fact becoming more carnivorous, but even today 80 percent of our calories come from fruits, veggies, and grains. The new study essentially ranks species based on their diet composition, favoring top predators such as polar bears, who share the top spot with orca whales. 

So in order to claw our way to the top of the food chain we need to eat more animals?

We are "closer to herbivore than carnivore" except that no human ancestral culture ever lived without meat.  And when agriculture showed up in the fossil record the skeletons shrank and became much more disease ridden.

So what we eat should be mostly plants with some meat?

I tend to think so. 

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