>>they adapted a grasping hand into a *throwing* hand. And it is perhaps >>the increased brain power necessary to accurately project a missile to >>its target that really started our incredibly fast ride up the river of >>intelligence.
> I've heard that too, and it would be a very hard way to make a living.
> I think even major league baseball pitchers, who are better at it than
> 99.99% of the other members of their species, would soon starve to death
> if they were just eating animals they killed by throwing irregular rocks
> at them.
(Putting aside for the moment the mental image of Nolan Ryan stalking cattle on a Texas ranch with a rock in his hand) Wasn't there a recent study suggesting that early hominids killed game mostly by charging them directly with spears rather than throwing them? I seem to recall it was someone who noticed that the injury pattern of these hominids closely matched those of modern rodeo riders.
Ridley makes a good case that the rapid development of intelligence was from sexual selection rather than adaptation.
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