Prehistoric Man Stayed Home While Females Roamed

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 5:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Our ancient ancestors might have been shaking up gender roles back in the day.

Colorado researchers found that, in two hominid species that lived on the South African savanna over a million years ago, the males preferred to stay close to home while the females were more likely to roam about.

The study team, led by Professor Sandi Copeland, looked at the social organization of distant human ancestors.

Copeland and her team were able to draw their conclusions by studying teeth from the ancient hominid groups.

Dr. Copeland tells us about this research and what her team learned on the “Science World” Radio program this weekend.

Listen to the interview here…

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5 responses to “Prehistoric Man Stayed Home While Females Roamed”

  1. david clymer says:

    It’s rather amazing that the Professor is able to describe a whole society that lived “a million” years ago by studying a few teeth. To believe that God created humans as they are today takes less faith than to believe the professor’s story.

    • B Caller says:

      “To believe that God created humans as they are today takes less faith than to believe the professor’s story”
      The professor’s speculations are based on physical evidence and ae not unsubstantiated beliefs (faith). “God”, just like EVRYTHING that is supernatural, has ZERO evidence to support it. There is NO comparison, particularly given the mountains of evidence for human evolution. You are an ignorant FOOL, daftly trying to legitimize your fairy-tale beliefs by saying they are no worse than scientific postulations about our pre-history.

  2. Pablo says:

    Something similar happens in the case of lions. Females usually do the hunting.

  3. pat ivy says:

    Times haven’t changed. My ex-wife used to roam all the time.

  4. Pablo says:

    “It’s rather amazing that the Professor is able to describe a whole society that lived “a million” years ago by studying a few teeth. To believe that God created humans as they are today takes less faith than to believe the professor’s story.”

    What it is described is far more simple than a society of today, and pretty complex phenomena can be described just with a few clues. Take, for example, the big bang, or subatomic interactions. We don’t even actually see atoms. To this, whe should add that in cases such as this one, interpretations are made.