Hunting and human evolution

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Abstract

Recent fossil evidence coupled with new ethnographic data stimulate this reappraisal of the role of hunting in hominid evolution. Figures are assembled on modern primate diets including those of human foragers, which indicate the distinctive importance of hunting in human adaptation. Guided by current theory in evolutionary ecology, a scenario for hominid divergence is developed which is consistent with (a) the latest fossil evidence, (b) data available on the behavior of modern non-human primates, (c) archaeologically detectable traces of hominid behavior, and (d) modern hunter-gatherer ethnography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-544
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • hominid evolution
  • Hunting

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Hunting and human evolution. / Hill, Kim.

In: Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 11, No. 6, 1982, p. 521-544.

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Hill, Kim. / Hunting and human evolution. In: Journal of Human Evolution. 1982 ; Vol. 11, No. 6. pp. 521-544.
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