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[–] mostlyfriendly 3 points 28 points (+31|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Actually (putting on my pedantic hat): Humans make great hunters by jogging. Jogging is exactly how our ancestors hunted.

Humans are the only predatory* mammals capable of distance running. We are upright with long legs. We don't have any fur ... except for a bit on top to protect us from the sun. We are perfectly built for a slow jog ... at a very long distance ... in the heat of the day.

The earlier humans would hunt by running their prey to death during the heat of the day. This was (and is) the simplest form of hunting. Basically, you chase the hoofed animal (antelope / deer / etc) to death. The deer is faster but only at short distances. Eventually, the deer with collapse from exhaustion. And, then you just smash the head with a rock and drag it back to your camp fire.

If you trust the BBC's reporting ... some African tribes still practice this style of hunting. There are written accounts of American Indians hunting this way as well. (Often a spear is incorporated to make the final kill from a close enough distance ... but not so close that you get gored.) The African and the American Indian are the best two people groups for hunting this way. They are also some of the best modern distance runners. (Think - Kenyans and Ethiopians at the Olympics...)

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[–] lexsird 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Then you go to Aldis at the first of the month and see land whales with kids by different dads buying their food with food stamps.

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[–] HST 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

It's almost like people should stay with their own kind.

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[–] Kardlonoc 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I think its interesting. Perhaps our imagination and language came from this style of hunting as well. You had to imagine were the prey would go and then jog there, especially if it spurted out of sight distance. A group is better for this hunting style as well as tools.

Everything humans are good at, prefers this style.

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[–] littul_kitton 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Humans are the only mammals capable of distance running.

Mr. Internet says that some types of camels, horses, and dogs can keep up with us. Ostriches are not mammals but apparently they can run a marathon in 45 minutes, which blows my mind.

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[–] telleveryoneyouknow 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Ultra runners can jog hundreds of miles without stopping. I’m not sure if any other animals have that ability.

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[–] mostlyfriendly 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think you are correct on the camels and horses. (Short hair and have sweat glands.) I'm not sure about dogs - I don't believe they have the heat / distance longevity that humans have. I think I should clarify that predatory mammals.

Thank you.

Edit: This article suggests humans can outrun horses at distance, if it is hot enough.

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[–] Gargilius 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

We don't have any fur ... except for a bit on top to protect us from the sun.

So, our pilosity is to protect us from the sun? so why do we have hairy asses?

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[–] mostlyfriendly 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Speak for yourself chief. ;)

All joking aside, one theory is that crotch/butt hair can reduce friction when running.

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[–] middle_path 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

We have "fuck you" energy.

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[–] L3D 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

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[–] VIP740 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Have you ever taken your dog jogging with you? When I got winded and couldn't keep up my pace he seemed concerned.

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[–] fancypantsmanface 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Cause a dog can run itself to death. Humans survive that sort of treatment better than any other animal.

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[–] Mathurin1911 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Running from ill health and an early death.

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[–] spherical_cube 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They call cats lazy, but they're just conserving energy for when they need it.

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[–] 0110001111 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

When playing with a laser pointer, waking you up in the middle of the night, pouncing on your feet, hiding in a box, meowing inccessantly until you feed them...

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[–] 11691524? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He's running from diabetes and obesity.

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[–] varialus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Animals do jog/trot decent distances while not hunting.

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[–] Chimaira92 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not only that but we are the only animal capable of thinking such thoughts as "why is he running?"

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[–] varialus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Well sorta. I'm mean I get what you're saying and we're generally over confident in our projected supposed understanding, but certain thoughts that can be conceptually simplified may be occurring to them, but it's a hard thing to test and confirm.

Edit: Although the concept of apex predator sure as hell ain't runnin' through their heads, lol!