All posts tagged with hunting

The bison bone bed at Gran Dolina

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In an earlier post, I looked at work by Mark White, Paul Pettitt, and Danielle Schreve, which considered evidence for Neandertal prey selectivity at five sit...

Neandertal slaughters

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Back in 2016, Mark White, Paul Pettitt and Danielle Schreve published an interesting analysis in which they compared how Neandertals hunted and butchered ani...

Did hominins associate with antelopes?

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Last summer in the South African Journal of Science, faunal specialist Shaw Badenhorst published a short commentary with an interesting question for early ho...

Notable: Ballistic study of hafted points

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Notable paper: Wilkins J, Schoville BJ, Brown KS (2014) An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped...

Notable: Neandertal rock dove hunting

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Notable paper: Blasco, R., Finlayson, C., Rosell, J., Marco, A.S., Finlayson, S., Finlayson, G., Negro, J.J., Pacheco, F. G., Vidal, J. R. (2014) The earlies...

Throwing out hypotheses about throwing

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Neil Roach and colleagues have written a paper in Nature this week about the role of elastic energy storage in human throwing Roach:elastic:2013. I like the ...

Oldowan hunting behaviors at Kanjera South

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Joseph Ferraro and colleagues have done some neat analyses of the faunal remains from Kanjera South, Kenya Ferraro:carnivory:2013. Kanjera South is an archae...

Behavior of the first North African humans

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Mohamed Sahnouni and colleagues describe the archaeology of El-Kherba, Algeria. Sahnouni:2013. This locality is a paleontological exposure associated with th...

Evidence of hunting at Olduvai Gorge

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My University of Wisconsin colleague Henry Bunn got some press this weekend for his presentation at the European Society for Human Evolution meeting: “Humans...

Reindeer hides and Neandertals

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In reference to the post below about Quina Mousterian and reindeer specialization (“Paleoclimate and shifting Neandertal strategies”), let me add this great ...

Bone of the victim mastodon

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Michael Waters and colleagues Waters:Manis:2011 report on the date of a mastodon kill site from Manis, Washington. At 13,800 years old, it’s not the earliest...

Tracking endurance

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Outside magazine has a long article (“Fair Chase”) describing how some running enthusiasts recruited world-class marathoners to try to run down a pronghorn i...

Neandertal stories on parade

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Long-time science journalist Robin McKie has a long article in The Observer about the Neandertals this weekend: “Neanderthals: how needles and skins gave us ...

Just ducky

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A week or two ago, I was pointed by a press release to some recent research from Bolomor Cave, Spain, where the levels occupied by early/pre-Neandertals have...

A Snowdrift game version of hunting

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I want to run through some examples of how we can apply game theory to consider hunting decisions in human groups. First, I describe a simple Snowdrift model...

Mammoth "luau-style"

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Jennifer Viegas wrote yesterday about excavations at Pavlov VI:

First dogs in Aurignacian?

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I haven’t seen this paper, so can’t comment on the results, but the story is worth passing along:

Bonobo monkey hunting

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Martin Surbeck and Gottfried Hohmann report in Current Biology that bonobos hunt monkeys, like chimpanzees.

Neandertal diet was not dolphin-safe

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Chris Stringer and colleagues (including Finlayson and Barton) have a paper in the current PNAS early bin describing Neandertal exploitation of marine mammal...

Buller on mental adaptations

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I'm reading through David Buller's Adapting Minds : Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature. It's a back-burner read for me; I pic...