Scientific Methods

Saturday, March 11, 2006

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."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/03/0307_060307_human_prey.html

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."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/255725.stm

Dr Richard Knight
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Informatics
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape
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