Re: Throwing ape's hip structure

Robert Schrader (
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 13:18:41 -0800 (PST)

The mechanics of throwing an object are discussed in some detail in
"The Physics of Baseball" by Robert K Adair, HarperCollins, in print
for $8.95. I re-read part of it, and it doesn't look good for Lucy.
Preliminary calculations indicate a _maximum_ of 19 foot-pounds when
she throws a baseball-mass rock. ( And this assumes that she has
had professional coaching and suffient chaw. ) Is this enough to
discourage a smilodon or similar sized proto-canine?


Robert Schrader