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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2011 11:46 a.m. PST

In our beginning, we were more hunters or fishermen?.
Fishing sounds more easy, but in this article you could read that humans 42.000 years ago work on deep-see fishing.
What would be more dangerous then?.


Are there evidence of which was the preferred hunting piece of prehistory?.


Mako1117 Dec 2011 6:48 p.m. PST

I suspect most were hunters, at least at first.

Then the hunters started spearing fish in shallow rivers and streams, as well as coastal waters, most likely.

Probably hunters and gatherers near the shorelines.

I recall hearing stories from less than 100 years ago, of people wading into the shallows to pull truckloads of abalone from off the rocks at low tide.

Similarly, 200 300 years ago, people were doing the same with Maine lobsters on the East Coast. Apparently, they were so plentiful that they were almost wading on shore, taking over the beaches (note a small exaggeratin on my part). Some of the early local workers had it put into their contracts that they would only stand being served so much lobster by their employers during a week/month, since it was growing tiresome to them.

Today, it's a rare, and expensive delicacy, like the abalone.

Narcisista17 Dec 2011 7:53 p.m. PST

Definitely hunters.

We are pursuit predators and simple availability would make it so.

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