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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
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-first-butchers/
 
First of Our Kind: Could Australopithecus sediba Be Our Long-Lost Ancestor?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-of-our-kind/
 
The Food-Sharing Behavior of Protohuman Hominids
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-food-sharing-behavior-of-protoh/
 
Scavenging and Human Evolution
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scavenging-and-human-evolution/
 
Baseball Players Reveal How Humans Evolved to Throw So Well
http://www.nature.com/news/baseball-players-reveal-how-humans-evolved-to-throw-so-well-1.13281
 
The Naked Truth: Why Humans Have No Fur
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-naked-truth-why-humans-have-no-fur/
 
The Hard Stuff of Culture: Archaeology at Kanjera South, Kenya
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2012/article/the-hard-stuff-of-culture-oldowan-archaeology-at-kanjera-south-kenya
 
Rough and Tumble: Aggression, Hunting and Human Evolution
http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520274006
 
Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/case-for-very-early-cooking-heats-up/
 
The Origin of Human Creativity Was Surprisingly Complex
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-origin-human-creativity-suprisingly-complex/
 
Rise of Humans 2 Million Years Ago Doomed Large Carnivores
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/04/25/rise-of-humans-two-million-years-ago-doomed-large-carnivores/
 
Stranger in a New Land
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stranger-in-a-new-land-2006-06/
 
Human Ancestors Made Deadly Stone-Tipped Spears 500,000 Years Ago
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/11/15/human-ancestors-made-deadly-stone-tipped-spears-500000-years-ago/
 
Oldest Arrowheads Hint at How Modern Humans Overtook Neandertals
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/11/07/oldest-arrowheads-hint-at-how-modern-humans-overtook-neandertals/
 

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