Talk:Persistence hunting

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Not exactly sure what "before spears" means in the context of this article... Some form of spears have probably been used since long before modern humans evolved. AnonMoos 01:05, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

From context it looks like it means thrown spears (as opposed to just stabbing the animal with a sharp stick) --Random832 (contribs) 17:16, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
We have no way of telling whether a stick was thrown or stabbed or even used. This is mere speculation. Kortoso (talk) 17:34, 22 September 2016 (UTC)


My virusscanner sais that the external site link under "Evolutionary adaptations of humans for long-distance running" ( is untrustworty. Can anyone cofirm this and if so remove the link? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:36, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. I removed the external link (and refactored your message to remove the link) per WP:EL because shows recent malware. Johnuniq (talk) 02:45, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Alternate POV[edit]


"I find the idea – that this behavior led to some specialized human evolution as distance runners – to be preposterous on several levels. First, much of the fossil record suggests early humans were scavengers and lived pretty well off road kill until they started employing weapons a few hundred thousand years ago. No real need to run long distances when you can walk, hide, climb, sprint and crawl to scavenge. Secondly, it’s one thing to track and stalk an animal (using your superior intelligence) with walking, occasional jogging and a few sprints here and there. That’s a primarily fat-burning pursuit and it’s probably how our ancestors actually hunted. But once you have to shift into glucose/glycogen mode to run aggressively for long distances, it’s a whole different ballgame and you encounter a big problem. Run out of glycogen chasing a beast too long in the heat and you become exhausted yourself. If you are lucky enough to bag the beast, at least you get to eat now (albeit mostly protein and fats which won’t completely restore your glycogen reserves). But fail in your mission and your sorry, fatigued, glycogen-depleted butt is now vulnerable to becoming some other beast’s dinner. ER makes no sense to me from an evolutionary perspective."
At any rate, proponents of the PH theory ignore the many different ways of hunting that vary by prey, terrain and culture.
Kortoso (talk) 17:55, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Until he publishes in a peer-reviewed journal, it's not worth citing. HCA (talk) 15:52, 23 September 2016 (UTC)