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Re: Hominids as prey, was Re: Theropod Bias?
Rich Travsky wrote:
> On Sun, 2 Feb 1997, Joe Daniel wrote:
> > Rich Travsky wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2 Feb 1997, Jonathon Woolf wrote:
> > > > I also don't see why a cheetah, whose normal prey is small, fast
> > > > gazelles of various sorts, would be attacking a hominid.
> > > Well, that would've made us an easy meal! Can't imagine a big cat passing
> > > that up (I know my house cats don't!).
> > One answer to why they would have passed us up is that most predators
> > seem to be somewhat hardwired for particular prey items. They will
> > often pass up food that is easier to get simply because it isn't on
> > their menu. This changes as they get older and begin to lose the
> > ability to catch their regular prey or when their normal prey is scarce.
> > Then they will begin to experiment on other animals, like us. This may
> > be what happened to the unlucky austras.
> I suppose we can attribute our survival to a lack of feline
> predators making it to old age! (Whew, that was close.)
> (Actually, I'm more inclined to notions that australos et al were not
> so timid. Judging from the behavior of chimps and other apes, they are
> not shy about attacking cats. I would surmise that the australos. were
> also capable of screaming, throwing rocks, brandishing sticks, etc.,
> just as chimps are.
> Other behaviors in this regard are also possible. I've an old article
> about the use of thorn bushes used as fencing material. Experiments
> were done with goats. The goats were put in little thorn bush
> corrals out in cat country. Goats were always there come morning.)
You are probably right. It could be the reason autralos never made to
the menu selection. Too ornery from the get-go.