The Hunting Hypothesis
by Robert Ardrey

Presents the case for man as an omnivore, but tries to explain too many things as derived from hunting. The arguments for walking upright and not having fur are unconvincing. Meat eating may have been necessary for brain growth, but obviously other factors must be involved or lions would be doctors. One of his main themes is that we can't go back. He is pessimistic about the future. He expects the next ice age to come any day. The present world population could not withstand it. On the bright side, he believes we owe our social instincts to hunting and sharing food. It is a good introduction to the studies of anthropology and ethnology. Evidently, Ardrey modified his views since he wrote African Genesis.

Year Read: 1983


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