Faster, Higher, Stronger?
In the Animal Olympics we're Fatter, Slower, Smarter!
Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister has written "Manthropology/The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male" and he has speculated that prehistoric Australian Aborigines could run faster than Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt..
the world's fastest man who can cover 100 Metres in an amazing 9.58 SECONDS!
McAllister's conclusions are based on a set of fossilized footprints that suggest one of the men reached speeds of 37 kph on a soft, muddy lake edge.
Bolt ran 42 kph at the Olympics.
"In an interview in the English university town of Cambridge where he was temporarily resident, McAllister said that, with modern training, spiked shoes and rubberized tracks, aboriginal hunters might have reached speeds of 45 kph.But if they can do that speed of 37 kph on very soft ground I suspect there is a strong chance they would have outdone Usain Bolt if they had all the advantages that he does. We can tell that T8 is accelerating toward the end of his tracks."
See for yourself
When it comes to SPRINTING, Humans have always been pretty pathetic.
We have never done very well whether running away from carnivores or "catching" dinner in a flat out race.
Have a lash at these comparisons..
Cheetah 113 kph/70 mph
Race Horse 75/47
OLYMPIC SPRINTER 42 kph/26 mph
AVERAGE EARTHLING* 24 kph/15 mph
*about the same as an OLYMPIC MARATHON RUNNER
What we eventually learned/adapted to do,
was to out-run our victims...
but but our predators..not-so-much..
however, thanks to acquiring bigger brains,
we invented smarter ways to kill our predators.
See for yourself
Why would evolution favor the distance runner?
They may have watched the sky for scavenging birds and then run long distances to reach a fresh kill and steal the meat from whatever animal was there first."
Sailfish 113 kph/70mph
Mako Shark 97/60
Killer Whale 77/48
OLYMPIC SWIMMER 7kph/4mph!!
Basically we never stood a chance of going toe to toe with our prey or predators.
We lucked out and somehow managed to live long enough to evolve into runnin' fools who eventually learned how to outlast "yummy" prey, and throw pointy sticks at "mean" predators.
And the rest as they say, is Ourstory.