|MadSci Network: Evolution|
Robin, Is there any evidence whatoever for earl pre-hominid species ever adopting the suspicioucly victiorian idea of the noble hunter- gatherer type culture that many anthropologists seem to support? By pre-hominid I would assume that you refer to the Australopithecines. If this is so, then I would have to give you the pros and cons as I know them. Australopithecines were the first truly upright and bipedal ancestors we have found. The agreed assumption (and there are many) is that bipedalism gave a species an advantage by allowing them to: See danger and food in the distance by raising the eyes and allow them to carry food or children in their arms. The idea of a hunting and gathering culture would suggest a fairly complex culture and the sophistication we see in H.S. sapiens, but it is a trait seen in other primates. Gorillas and chimpanzees are known to do this, to a degree. I personally agree with you that the early hominids lived a scavenging lifestyle if for no other reason than the fact that our bodies evolved to eat meat. I suspect that these early humans scavenged, gathered and took advantage of any other resource they could get their hands on. Survival is determined by living to reproduce successfully, however you can do it. If there is nothing to scavenge, you hunt and gather, if there are plenty of kills to scavenge, then you eat that. Humans are omnivores and very good at survival.
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