Humans Hot, Sweaty, Natural-Born Runners

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    Jul 14, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
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    Hairless, clawless, and largely weaponless, ancient humans used the unlikely combination of sweatiness and relentlessness to gain the upper hand over their faster, stronger, generally more dangerous animal prey, Harvard Anthropology Professor Daniel Lieberman said Thursday (April 12).


    Read more at: http://phys.org/news95954919.html#jCp

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    Jul 17, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    o come on.. nobody interested in human evolution?
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    Jul 17, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    26.2 miles? Jeez, out here where I am from, I can run further than that. icon_smile.gif
    Ever since as a kid, running was my greatest passion, I ran 50 miles from my home in Shonto (Shą́ą́’tóóhó) over the Black Mesa Mountains (Dziłyíjiin) to the Hopi Mesa of Walpi in First Mesa. It took me 5 hours to run straight non-stop, watching the Dances and then run back home before sun down. Our ancestors are distance runners and some even ran much further than that. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 17, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    Interesting. I wanna research this further.
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    Jul 17, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    Humans are some of the slowest runners on the planet, lol. Cheetah, lion, bobcat, cougar, bear, the list goes on and on with predators that far out pace humans. These same animals can also generate far more power than a human. Endurance faaaaaar aside, I doubt being able to run 3 miles in a row will do you any good when that cheetah pops out of the tree next to you.

    Humans are generally superior evolutionary, but it's probably not for our physical prowess.
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Animus saidHumans are generally superior evolutionary, but it's probably not for our physical prowess.


    Well, sure, we're not great at running away. But the OP is talking about running after, as in after food. That's a huge advantage. Lots of prey passes out from exhaustion.

    Ever pursue a deer? They dart, sprint. But then they stop, because they overheat from the exertion. Hoping to evade (me) us, they pause silently and wait downwind of us. But (my) our excellent color vision and pattern-recognition software can spot the delicate shape of the animal even through trees. They practically keel over from a heart attack.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    Animus saidHumans are some of the slowest runners on the planet, lol. Cheetah, lion, bobcat, cougar, bear, the list goes on and on with predators that far out pace humans. These same animals can also generate far more power than a human. Endurance faaaaaar aside, I doubt being able to run 3 miles in a row will do you any good when that cheetah pops out of the tree next to you.

    Humans are generally superior evolutionary, but it's probably not for our physical prowess.


    Can you read the article please? And do some math? It says that it was not for outrunning predators, but for running after prey... and that because of endurance the human would have been able to catch up with the prey because the prey can only do spurts....

    Thank you
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    do tell..
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Fuck running.

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    Jul 18, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidAnthropology is one of the more fascist fields of study out there.

    Anyway, this is fucking stupid. This dick from Harvard (sorry for the redundancy there) didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.


    Its biology.. and no, I did not know that.. but thanks for the assumption.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidFuck running.

    Fuck me running.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    I wonder if they had to stretch for 20 minutes first. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 18, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    Animus saidHumans are some of the slowest runners on the planet, lol. Cheetah, lion, bobcat, cougar, bear, the list goes on and on with predators that far out pace humans. These same animals can also generate far more power than a human. Endurance faaaaaar aside, I doubt being able to run 3 miles in a row will do you any good when that cheetah pops out of the tree next to you.

    Humans are generally superior evolutionary, but it's probably not for our physical prowess.


    Humans are the best long distance runners on the planet. That is a very critical physical trait which allowed prehistoric hunters to successfully hunt.
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    Jul 18, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidAnyway, this is fucking stupid. This dick from Harvard (sorry for the redundancy there) didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.


    Hulk smash.

    Isn't it time to adjust your meds?
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    Jul 18, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    Read the book Born to Run, great story and touches on the anthropological and biological history of running
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood-Schlatter_disease
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osgood-Schlatter_disease
    Stop making fun of me!


    Ha. Sorry bud. I had it too. Now nephew has it. All these years later no real issues and no one seems to notice unless I point them out. Back in summercamp it was pretty scary. At one point I lost control of my leg from the knee down and had to swing it into the bunk at night just to get into bed. My counselors thought I was faking for attention and wouldn't send me to the doctor at first (right, as if I wasn't wise-ass enough that I'd need a gimmick).

    Hard to remember but I think it was still painful during high school too, at least in 1st year or two. By the end of high school I'd forgotten it was ever an issue. Don't even remember when the pain went away. Just sort of faded into life.

    My nephew has put on some weight, being inactive because of the pain. It's a shame because he's a good looking kid and now the weight hides that. I tried getting him to swim, he was a fish as a little kid, but he developed body image issues and doesn't want to take his shirt off in public. So recently I tried to get him to spend the summer with me, thinking he could swim where no one knows him, get some of his weight off so he'd be okay swimming back home.

    I tried two or three times to get him to take a trip here. He acts interested then comes up with excuses or just ignores the offer. Stupid little fat kid lolololol. kidding. He's really a good kid. I was just hoping to help him have more fun and to find a way to stay healthy even with his knee problems. Fuck it. We all live our own lives. Can't live it for them.
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    Fuck running, when you can take out prey with a Vulcan mini-gun mounted on a helicopter...


    ...that damn near makes you the alpha-predator regardless of the 100,000 years of trial and error it took us hairless apes to get there.
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    theantijock said...Stupid little fat kid lolololol....


    Ouch.

    Yeah you said your were kidding, but still kinda harsh, especially on your own kin. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    theantijock said...Stupid little fat kid lolololol....


    Ouch.

    Yeah you said your were kidding, but still kinda harsh, especially on your own kin. icon_confused.gif


    Oh stop it. That was nothing but my frustration with the kid and you know it. I love the little bitch. Never mind that I'd never say that to or about a stranger. And he's not even all that fat. Just a bit pudgy for his age. My frustration is remembering how much fun I had back then with a hot bod. Just want the kid to enjoy his life instead of moping around and being ashamed of his body when he could easily fix that even with his knee issues.

    He's a smart kid. He's gonna do really well in life. He's got a great face and an excellent personality. There's no reason in the world why he shouldn't be comfortable in his own skin. So you'll have to give me a pass if I express my frustration about that. Sorry if I brought up for anyone their own early childhood issues as that was not my intent.
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    Jul 26, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    ^ It's all good.

    On second/third read I see where you're coming from with the post. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 26, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said^ It's all good.

    On second/third read I see where you're coming from with the post. icon_smile.gif


    Thank you, man.