Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Taung Child Mystery Solved

According to this article from the BBC, the death of the Taung Child has finally been attributed to a bird of prey.

Can you imagine what it was like for those early hominids? Big cats prowling around the bottom of their world and big birds flying around the top of it. Constantly having to watch two directions at once just to stay alive. No wonder we developed such a communal nature. Our ancestors had to have multiple sets of eyes to watch for danger in all its myriad directions.

This discovery also highlights how fragile the early hominids were. A large bird of prey, like an eagle, could kill and eat the brains of a young one in mere moments. I don't know about you, humble reader, but I can't remember the last time an eagle scared me.

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