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    http://humanorigins.si.edu/ - I found this site when I searched for Who killed the Taung-child: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sc...ull-130106.htm

    Great site, and truly a time sap for me. I've always been fascinated by anthropology and can vividly recall reading books about it as a child age 10 - 12.
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    I've always been fascinated by anthropology and can vividly recall reading books about it as a child age 10 - 12.
    Sounds like me and hydrology/ hydraulics/ water in general...
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      Look at what I found as evidence in that site:

      http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/...-gona-ethiopia

      Holy crap! We were eating a zebra 2.6 million years ago! Wait, not only eating it but we were butchering it. I didn't know we were eating an animal as large as a zebra that long ago (probably scavenged, but well...).

      Also from the site:
      Basic stone tools thus greatly enhanced the functions of teeth in a way that allowed access to an enormous variety of foods. These foods included meat from large animals, which was sliced from carcasses using sharp edges of flakes. Bones were broken open using stones to access the marrow inside. Other tools could be used to grind plants or to sharpen sticks to dig for tubers. Tool use would have made it easier for hominins to obtain food from a variety of different sources. Tool use would have widened the diet of hominins. Meat, in particular, is a food that obtainable in equivalent ways in virtually any type of habitat that early humans may have encountered.
      Meat, meat, meat. I think tubers and other plant foods were also important.
      Last edited by venam; 06-07-2010, 11:03 AM.

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