EARLY HOMINIDS: PREY OR PREDATOR?
"It's perhaps not surprising that early man is often thought of as a
ferocious hunter. In a world populated by giant sabre-toothed cats,
hyenas the size of bears and enormous crocodiles, it is difficult to
imagine any other way our ancestors could have survived. But now
researchers believe a group of humans who lived 2-million years ago were
not hunters at all. Rather they were meek and mild, and were themselves
hunted just as antelope on the savannahs of Africa are today."
Here is an alternative view...
"A pattern of scratching and pitting on the creature's molars also
hinted at meat being a likely source of the unexpected isotopic ratios."
Dr Richard Knight
Co-ordinator: National Information Society Learnerships - Ecological
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape
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Phone 27 + 21 + 959 3940
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