CARTA: The Role of Hunting in Anthropogeny: Rebecca Bliege Bird - Why Foragers Hunt

5/8/2018; 18 minutes

Hunting is considered a key human adaptation and is thought to have influenced our anatomy, physiology and behavior over time. This symposium explores the evidence pertaining to the origins of hominin hunting. The idea that women have evolved to be plant gatherers and men hunters has dominated evolutionary thinking and the popular imagination for decades. Australia is one of the places that challenges our understanding of who hunts and why. Across Australia prehistorically, women were active hunters, with a primary focus on the hand-capture of small to medium sized animals.
Rebecca Bliege Bird, Pennsylvania State University.

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