Not King of the Hill

“Our early progenitors 200,000 years ago were just another element of the fauna, rather than the king of the hill,” said Susman, who was not involved in the new study.

And what was this new study?  What did it involve?  How about human hairs found in fossilized hyena turds.

Never have trusted hyenas.  Don’t trust any mammal that devours its prey alive, that’s what I say.  Déclassé, really.  450 for a little while, with a nice sauce and a bit of brandy, otoh…

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  1. Mike

     /  February 7, 2009

    No kidding. Hyenas were the reason we were required to always be armed on our FOB in Iraq and to always carry a 30 round mag with you. The AIF was no threat on the base, but that pack of Hyenas was. They are BIG, until you see one in the wild you don’t quite get that fact. And they are not afraid of much. The big fear was that they could attack a single soldier or maybe someone wounded in a rocket/mortar attack before help could get there. We could never hunt them down either, to much hiding space in the swamp and river islands. Dangerous animals.

    And for those wondering how Hyenas got to Tikrit Iraq, the short answer is that they escaped from Saddam’s personal zoo on the base.

  2. controlledmess

     /  February 7, 2009

    Who says that just because a human got eaten by a pack of hyenas we’re all of a sudden lower than them? Humans can still get eaten by animals today. This doesn’t mean that back then we were less “evolved”.

  3. CM: I think she meant “less dominant within the local environment.”

  4. Mike

     /  February 8, 2009

    Yeah, 200,000 yearas ago our tools were not too evolved. Taking on a Hyena Pakc with a stone ax or spear is a daunting project.

  5. I personally suspect Hyenas were Tolkien’s inspiration for Wargs. Vicious… it’s no wonder so few zoos have them.

  6. Scary critters when all you’ve got to fling is poo.

  7. Mike

     /  February 9, 2009

    Dude, they are scary when you have a RIFLE.

  8. And they can digest your entire body within 24 hours, bones included. Well, the 28 pounds or so they’ll eat apiece…


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