Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution

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Westview Press, 2005 - Social Science - 312 pages
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Although “Man the Hunter” is a popular description of our ancestry, the central importance of hunting is firmly fixed only in the archeological record of relatively recent human history. Man the Hunted argues that primates, including the earliest members of the human family, have evolved not as hunters but as the prey of any number of predators, including wild cats and dogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles, and even birds of prey. Eyewitness accounts, data collected by the authors, and the published reports of naturalists establish the astonishing extent to which living monkeys, lemurs, apes, and even humans fall victim to a wide variety of predators, some of which even specialize in the consumption of primates. Additionally, the fossil record demonstrates that primates have been prey for millions of years, a fact that necessarily shaped the evolution of our earliest ancestors in body and behavior. Skillfully combining information from a number of lines of evidence, Man the Hunted casts an entirely new light on the natural history of primates and the evolution of fossil and modern humans.

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Evolution theories highlighting humans as hunters have proliferated since the 1960s, leading to the belief that the mighty hunter has been the driving force behind bipedalism and other evolutionary ... Read full review

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Sussman and Hart brilliantly bring us up to date on the various reasons the 'Man the Hunter' hypothesis was bad science and Judeo-Christian posturing cloaked as accepted theory. We see that a primal ... Read full review

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Donna L. Hart has been a longtime professional in wildlife conservation and currently teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Robert W. Sussman, Washington University (St. Louis), is recent editor of American Anthropologist and has served in editorial capacities with numerous other journals in anthropology and primatology.

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