17968Re: [evol-psych] Did Early Interest in Eating Meat
- Apr 1, 2002On Sun, 31 Mar 2002, Stan Franklin wrote:
> To my knowledge the food sources of chimps, gorillas and baboons are asThe term I used, dispersed, refers to nuts, plant foods, insects,
> distributed as those of early hominids. Yet they are not solitary as Crook's
> analyses would suggest. Perhaps there are limits to the applicability of the
> conclusions of this analysis.
etc. which are scattered rather evenly and require continuous foraging;
hence food searching in large aggregates, flocks or herds, is
non-adaptive. The contrasting feature about patchy food sources is that
they are not distributed evenly (e.g. grain), but when located, can be
shared by a large aggregate, thus rendering group living and food
searching adaptive. I would regard meat as a patchy food source, though I
am unaware of anyone else who has made this inference.
I am not a primatologist but my understanding is that both chimp
and baboon species have been found to be active hunters and meat eaters.
As far as exceptions to the model, I am confident there are at
least some. I believe Daly and Wilson (1983) had a discussion of these.
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