Curious Creatures in Zoology by John Ashton, The Perfect Library

By John Ashton, The Perfect Library

"Curious Creatures in Zoology" from John Ashton. English author (1834–1911).

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W. Sussman scientific arena even though hominins possess none of the internal physiology or external structure necessary to ingest putrid meat, which is what real and facultative scavengers manage to do with the anatomical equipment they possess. , 2003). : The primate digestive strategy combines a rapid passage through the stomach and prolonged digestion in the ileum of the small intestine and caecum, and this combination increases the likelihood of colonization of the small intestine by ingested bacteria that are the cause of gastrointestinal disease.

Finally, there are significant differences between patterns observed in modern control samples and those reported on the bones from fossil sites. In light of difficulties such as these, it is apparent that verification of a “Man the Scavenger” hypothesis is elusive—not because the studies are deficient but because the situation is terrifically complex. On this subject, Klein has said: “Again we must turn to logic, supplemented in this instance by studies of recent hunter-gatherers. These studies suggest that Oldowan people [two million years ago] relied mostly on plants and perhaps on other gathered foods such as insects.

97). Counter to assumptions of hostility between groups and among individuals and recurring warfare over resources, the typical pattern is for humans to get along rather well, relying on resources within their own areas and respecting resources of their neighbors. After an examination of the primary ethnographic information on nomadic foragers, Fry found the proposition that human groups are pervasively hostile toward one another is simply not based on facts but rather on “a plethora of faulty assumptions and over-zealous speculation” (2006:183).

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