Humans seem to have evolved in Africa as a carnivorous ape.
While modern-day hunter-gatherer tribes do an awful lot of hunting and gathering, I'm wondering what proportion of calories came historically from meat (as opposed to tubers, fruits.).
As it stands, I'm betting 3:2 that it was near 80% calories from meat. Problem is...that completely turns upside down the historical paradise theory. If 80% was meat...an awful lot of that has to be from fattier (read larger) animals, and large-animal hunting is always and everywhere exclusively a male activity.
Most likely that means that in the ESE, Men hunted the food, and brought home the calories, while women cooked food, and found supporting foods (nuts, plants, etc.) that were pleasant adds. Also interestingly, the men did so in a structure that looked an awful lot like a modern recreational sports-team (no coach, no management structure, no authority, bunch of guys trying to work together to achieve a goal).
If my understanding is historical, I'd suggest that this ought to put us rather hardwired into gender roles, team activity, substantial egalitarianism (except for skill-based just deserts). Non-gender-specialized worklives must be very odd for us, as is this whole agricultural "boss" thing.