Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution

Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813339368
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Donna L. Hart has been a longtime professional in wildlife conservation and currently teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Robert W. Sussman, Washington University (St. Louis), is recent editor of American Anthropologist and has served in editorial capacities with numerous other journals in anthropology and primatology.

Table of Contents


Foreword to the First Edition     ix
Preface to the Expanded Paperback Edition     xv
Just Another Item on the Menu     1
Fossil Evidence and Living Primates     5
Predation and Primate Studies     9
An Accurate Appraisal of Predation     9
Debunking "Man the Hunter"     11
Will the First Hominid Please Stand Up?     13
A Messy Bush     21
Wanderlust     22
Man the Hunter?     23
Man the Dancer!     28
We Were Not "Cat Food"!     30
Who's Eating Whom?     33
A Tale of Two Families     34
The Prey Flee, the Predator Pursues     38
Who Are These Primate Prey?     41
The Dichotomy about Death     45
The James Carville Approach     46
Predation Risk versus Predation Rate     52
Who Was Eating Our Hominid Ancestors?     55
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!     57
Choose Your Weapon     63
The Long and Winding Road from South Africa to Georgia     70
Killing Machines     76
Before the Age of Ulcers     77
Perfect Primate Predators     80
Give Us theBear Facts     84
Coursing Hyenas and Hungry Dogs     89
Wolves at the Door     90
No Laughing Matter     95
Howls in the Prehistoric Night     97
Leaders of the Pack     104
Missionary Position     111
The Serpentine Route     112
Breathing Fire: The Komodo Dragon     124
My, What Big Teeth You Have!     127
On Top of Everything Else, Sharks, Too?     133
Terror from the Sky     135
Featherweights and Talon Tips     138
Crested Viragos     141
An Alfred Hitchcock Moment     147
The Record of Giant Raptors     149
The Taung Child Tells Its Tale     151
Running Hawks, Hungry Toucans, and Giant Owls     155
We Weren't Just Waiting Around to Be Eaten!     161
Heavyweight Champions     166
Why Hermits Seem Odd     170
We Saw ... Food. We Came ... Down from the Trees. We Conquered ... Gravity     174
On the Path to Einstein     180
Daytime Talk Shows     182
Making a Last Stand: Counterattack and Chutzpah     186
Weapons of Mass Destruction     189
Gentle Savage or Bloodthirsty Brute?      191
The Hunting Myth and Sociobiology     194
Chimpanzee and Human Males as Demonic Killers     201
Chimpanzee Aggression     207
Getting Out of Our Genes     211
The Other 50%     213
Man the Hunted     219
Sink Your Teeth into This!     226
Painting the Family Portrait     231
Habitat for Humanity     235
Macaques [characters not reproducible] Us?     239
Put It All Together and What Do You Have?     242
Man the Hunted     245
The Oldest Story     248
The Last Word     251
Carnivore Crimes: More about Bears, Big Cats, and Hyenas     257
Python Pestilence and Eagle Escapades     262
Man the Cannibal     265
Cut Marks, Tooth Marks, and Question Marks     268
Man the Sneaky Meat Thief     271
Man the Peace-Loving Hippie?     275
Conventional Wisdom as Science     283
Really Our Last Words     284
Acknowledgments     287
Notes     289
Bibliography     311
Index     347
About the Authors     359

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