Hunting Was a Driving Force in Human Evolution

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Just how significant a role did hunting play in human evolution? It’s a question researchers have grappled with for decades. In an article in the April Scientific American I explore some of the latest findings that bear on how our ancestors became such successful predators and how their shift toward meat-eating itself fostered change in our lineage. For more on meat-eating, hunting and the evolution of our genus, Homo, check out the links below.
The First Butchers
First of Our Kind: Could Australopithecus sediba Be Our Long-Lost Ancestor?
The Food-Sharing Behavior of Protohuman Hominids
Scavenging and Human Evolution
Baseball Players Reveal How Humans Evolved to Throw So Well
The Naked Truth: Why Humans Have No Fur
The Hard Stuff of Culture: Archaeology at Kanjera South, Kenya
Rough and Tumble: Aggression, Hunting and Human Evolution
Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up
The Origin of Human Creativity Was Surprisingly Complex
Rise of Humans 2 Million Years Ago Doomed Large Carnivores
Stranger in a New Land
Human Ancestors Made Deadly Stone-Tipped Spears 500,000 Years Ago
Oldest Arrowheads Hint at How Modern Humans Overtook Neandertals

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