Persistence Hunting by Modern Hunter‐Gatherers

  title={Persistence Hunting by Modern Hunter‐Gatherers},
  author={Louis Liebenberg},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={1017 - 1026}
  • L. Liebenberg
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Education
  • Current Anthropology
Endurance running may be a derived capability of the genus Homo and may have been instrumental in the evolution of the human body form. Two hypotheses have been presented to explain why early Homo would have needed to run long distances: scavenging and persistence hunting. Persistence hunting takes place during the hottest time of the day and involves chasing an animal until it is run to exhaustion. A critical factor is the fact that humans can keep their bodies cool by sweating while running… 
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