Matt Z wrote:
"So we modern humans are not confined to marathon type running, though we are very good at it." - Jebus
Compared to apes, modern humans are pretty good distance runners. However, compared to most ungulates we just plain suck. ... I have a really hard time accepting the idea of early humans running down big game, partly because there are so many easier ways to hunt. There's also evidence of early modern humans using other hunting methods.
Actually running on 2 feet is more efficient than running on 4, for long distance running. We also have sweat glands all over our body, compared to the ungulates that have lots of fur which cause it to tire more quickly. Plus we have hands, and so they could of made sacs to carry water while hunting. A lot of the predators of ungulates are sprinters, so the ungulates were naturally selected to be quick and agile.
Wolfs are an exception, they have pretty good endurance, but only 1/10 hunts result in a kill.
The point I was making though is that were not just sprinters, because we share genes from neanderthals who were quite the opposite of the africans, short, hairy, and stronger, we modern humans can also be short and stronger, with less capabilities for long distance running. I think that neanderthals would probably hunt with fire, scaring their prey off cliffs or into a trap, then they would either carry the kill home or prepare and eat it there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=826HMLoiE_o
Long distance hunting is still practiced today, but only by these guys.