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History of The Paleo Diet
In order to appreciate any scientific concept, including The Paleo Diet®, it is important to recognize its history and how it came to be. Before “Paleo” became a household term, it was an evolving theory conceptualized by a small group of scientific researchers.
Seminal Research
The Paleo Diet® is different from other diets in that it grew out of an unbiased review of the existing research. Dr. Cordain, one of the founders of the diet and a professor at Colorado State University, was also a runner who at first just wanted to improve his diet to help his performance. After a decade of reading the research and collaborating with people like Dr. Boyd Eaton, The Paleo Diet was the result. This section contains some of the seminal peer-reviewed publications that grew out of that research.
Paleo Studies
As with any scientific theory, research needs to be conducted to test and validate that idea. Since its inception in the early 2000s, studies have been conducted exploring the health benefits of The Paleo Diet; that body of research grows more rapidly every year. This page lists all the research addressing The Paleo Diet to date.
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Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

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Dr. Mark Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

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Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

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Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.