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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.)
> 
> rich

You are probably right.  It could be the reason autralos never made to 
the menu selection.  Too ornery from the get-go.

Joe Daniel