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Re: Theropod Bias?
On Sat, 1 Feb 1997 Wabandco@aol.com wrote:
> In your post you note that humans were " ... once prey ourselves... "; is
> this really so? I've always thought of primitive humans as simply competitor
> predators, not naturally the prey of other predators. Is there evidence that
> humans were actually preyed upon by other, more adept predators? Certainly
> today, wild predators avoid humans or ignore them; I've never perceived
> ancients as the "gazelles" of some bygone era. But I have never analysed
> this issue.
Yes, there's evidence early hominids were prey. (After, monkeys and
apes were prey, why should we be any different?)
There's a South African australopithecine with puncture wounds
on the skull which just happen to fit a set of cheetah jaws.
This month's National Geographic (Feb) has an article on hominids
wherein a recent analysis of the Taung child shows it may have been
carried off by a bird of prey (eagle or the equivalent).
+----------+ Rich Travsky RTRAVSKY @ UWYO . EDU
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