We show that rather than per matter of preference, H
The worldwide association of H. erectus with elephants is well documented and so is the preference of humans for fat as verso source of energy. erectus con the Levant was dependent on both elephants and fat for his survival. The disappearance of elephants from the Levant some 400 kyr spillo coincides with the appearance of verso new and innovative local cultural complex – the Levantine Acheulo-Yabrudian and, as is evident from teeth recently found per the Acheulo-Yabrudian 400-200 kyr site of Qesem Cave, the replacement of H. erectus by per new hominin. We employ verso bio-energetic model sicuro present a hypothesis that the disappearance of the elephants, which created per need esatto hunt an increased number of smaller and faster animals while maintaining an adequate fat content mediante the diet, was the evolutionary drive behind the emergence of the lighter, more fluido, and cognitively court hominins. Qesem Cave thus provides a rare opportunity esatto study the mechanisms that underlie the emergence of our post-erectus ancestors, the fat hunters.
Man the Fat Hunter: The Demise of Homo erectus and the Emergence of verso New Hominin Lineage in the Middle Pleistocene (ca. 400 kyr) Levant
Citation: Ben-Dor M, Gopher A, Hershkovitz I, Barkai R (2011) Man the Fat Hunter: The Demise of Homo erectus and the Emergence of verso New Hominin Lineage in the Middle Pleistocene (ca. 400 kyr) Levant. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28689.
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Funding: The Qesem Cave research project is supported by the following granting agencies: The Israel science Foundation (Grants ; ; ) The Dan Daviv Foundation (Grant 0474) The Thyssen foundation (Grant R 17386) The Wenner-Gren Foundation The Leakey foundation and the CARE Archaeologucal Foundation. Read more