Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: The Role of Insect Eating in Human Diets, Past and Present

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Julie Lesnik aired August 19, 2021, as part of the HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic series. Watch a recording in the player above.


While you might not be eager to chomp chocolate-covered cicadas, edible insects are a part of the human legacy.

Dr. Julie Lesnik, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University, reconstructs what insect consumption likely looked like through human evolutionary history. Join us for a conversation on the role of insects, which are highly nutritious and a very sustainable protein alternative, both in past human diets and for the future of food.

Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

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