Hunting as the 9-to-5 job of early humans, striding off from the ole' cave to clobber a mastadon for dinner, is a popular notion for explaining how people survived in prehistory. But some anthropologists are suggesting that being hunted, rather than hunting, was the daily fare of humanity's ancestors. And they argue that trying not to be eaten played a significant role in human evolution.
At a presentation here at the American Anthropological Association's annual meeting, anthropologist Donna Hart of the University of Missouri in St. Louis argued that fossil evidence and the experience today of monkeys and apes, the closest relatives to humans, "supports a 'Man, the Hunted' theory of evolution." About 174 predators prey on these primates today all over the world, even the chimps (which face leopords and lions) and gorillas (hunted by leopords) that are most closely related to humans.
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Edited by darkknight, 06 December 2005 - 09:56 AM.