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Modern man a wimp says anthropologist

By T.K. Randall
October 20, 2009 · Comment icon 33 comments

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Anthropologist Peter McAllister has claimed that modern man is far inferior to most prehistoric males who would have possessed superior strength and agility and who could have easily beat any current athlete in the Olympics.
Many prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions. Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 meters during initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to progress to manhood.


Source: Reuters | Comments (33)




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Comment icon #24 Posted by SpiderCyde 15 years ago
I would love to see any modern man enter a cage match with one. Lets just say game over! I'm sure someone alive could beat a neanderthal. I don't know who, but I'm sure some trained fighter who's also a roided up athlete could probably do it. Their skulls are thick, no doubt, their knees are just like ours though.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Cookes453 15 years ago
We gave up physical characteristics for mental ones. We evolved to have bigger brains, which gave us more intelligence. Who would win in a fight, me with the ability to move objects with my mind, or Tripple H from Wrestling; I could pick him up with my mind and toss him into a brick wall. Bigger brains, and technology is the way we went, and I think the very final step of our evolution will be ascension to a pure energy state, leaving our corporeal forms behind. This is of course after the point where we can't progress any further technologically or biologically, and probably thousands of year... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by The Silver Thong 15 years ago
I'm sure someone alive could beat a neanderthal. I don't know who, but I'm sure some trained fighter who's also a roided up athlete could probably do it. Their skulls are thick, no doubt, their knees are just like ours though. They hunt with bows and spears, we hunt at safeway or 7/11 depends nuff said LOL
Comment icon #27 Posted by SpiderCyde 15 years ago
They hunt with bows and spears, we hunt at safeway or 7/11 depends nuff said LOL Pshh, I bet no neanderthal could stomach a slurpee brain freeze. With that noggin they have, it'd put em down for the count.
Comment icon #28 Posted by RamboIII 15 years ago
Bruce Lee took down opponents far stronger, and far larger than he was. We would do the same to a neanderthal simply because we've had millions of years experience in building lethal fighting methods and techniques. A neanderthal wouldn't stand a chance against a highly skilled fighter. Hahahahaha look at all these idiots trying to defend the human race as if they are a vital part of it. Bruce Lee is awesome, but he would get destroyed by a Neanderthal in a normal fight. Get over it. Its like saying Bruce Lee could defeat a bear in a cage match. And no, you cannot say humans will use traps or ... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Sardukar 15 years ago
Like 500 of them? We have weapons that can now deliver over a million rounds a minute, whats your point?
Comment icon #30 Posted by SpiderCyde 15 years ago
They may be stronger, and bigger, but I would have to see faster to believe it. Might be able to run faster, but I highly doubt in close quarters they'd be able to fight faster. It'd be like a big lumbering grizzly bear, vs. a wolverine, 60 lbs. of evil they never want to mess with.
Comment icon #31 Posted by jbondo 15 years ago
Of course animals are stronger and faster than humans. We win with intelligence.
Comment icon #32 Posted by The Silver Thong 15 years ago
Pshh, I bet no neanderthal could stomach a slurpee brain freeze. With that noggin they have, it'd put em down for the count. Damn, you got me with the brain freez thing LOL
Comment icon #33 Posted by questionmark 15 years ago
In related news: Reuter's most read articles: # 1 Modern man a wimp says anthropologist # 2 Microsoft launches Windows 7 | Video # 3 CORRECTED - Like Windows 7, Vista got good reviews too # 4 China's growth quickens but policy stays on hold


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