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Genus homo

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Power Stone, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. Power Stone

    Power Stone Unknown Member

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    Is there any scientific evidence that murder and/or cannibalism existed among Homo habilis, homo erectus or Archaic Homo sapiens?
     
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    The earliest evidence of cannibalism amongst hominids dates back from 800 000 years ago. It's passed homo erectus, but right in the field of homo antecessor. There is of course numerous evidence of cannibalism amongst prehistorical homo sapiens.

    Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense? | Science | Smithsonian Magazine.
     
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    Did they eat their dead or kill them first?
     
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    Well generaly speaking you don't eat someone alive. It's dangerous and difficult for no reason. You kill them then you cook them and then you eat them.
     
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    In the case of the article I quoted it was people who were killed than eating following what probably was a territorial dispute. Of course, there certainly was cases of "survival cannibalism" where you eat your dead to avoid starvation.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Interesting that they they can't prove that it's territorial because the Cannibals and victims came from the same clan presumably.
     
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    So what's your explanation for cannibalism? Watching too many foodie shows?
     
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    Well they ruled out survival because they said it happened over a long period of time so you'll have to ask them
     
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    Generally speaking, we seperate cannibalism in three wide category : psychosis (someone bust a fuse and eats people), survival (you eat people else you starve), ritualistic cannibalism (you eat people, often enemies or children, for religious reasons).
     
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    And of course territory as the article that you posted suggested
     
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    Ritualistic is kind of Bustin a fuse ya think?
     
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    I would say that survival is momentarily Bustin a fuse as well. Maybe not a bust maybe just a short circuit

    Talking about it makes me sick
     
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    It's matter of perspective, convinced catholics do it every weekend thanks to the miracle transubstantiation. It was also a staple of religious rites in the pre-colonial America. Many believed you could absorb their strength and quality through flesh eating.
     
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