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how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 2:43 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
That's pretty open ended and I'll fill in more if the discussion gets going

(back to work)

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:31 pm
by ironmaiden708
Idk how that question can be answered. People also generally didn't live that long either.

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:37 pm
by stuward
The archaeological evidence was that infant mortality was low and large numbers lived to old age. Those that died young usually came to a violent end. There was little disease until agriculture came along. The average height dropped about 6" at that time.

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:42 pm
by Jebus
If we could survive childhood, we become tall, lean, strong, intelligent animals.

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 10:42 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
I guess I could do my own research but am... eh.. lazy... or busy too.

So with a lot of emphasis from some of our brighter, influential members touting the cavemen like diets, well, it got me thinking. We have advanced meds and prenatal care now. But I'm trying to see if there good proof? or some measure to compare from such different eras

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:20 am
by mark74
stuward wrote:The archaeological evidence was that infant mortality was low and large numbers lived to old age. Those that died young usually came to a violent end. There was little disease until agriculture came along. The average height dropped about 6" at that time.
That's what I've been reading on Mark's Daily Apple. Don't know what you people think about Sisson but here's some easy reading on this matter:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/hunter-g ... -lifespan/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/life-exp ... -gatherer/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bone-dating-life-span/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I also remember finding these ones interesting:

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nut ... built1.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nut ... built2.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:27 am
by stuward
I'm currently reading Robb Wolf's book, The Paleo Solution. He says that the fossilised remains look like a cross between an Olympic athelete and a rodeo clown.

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:58 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
great links Mark and wonderful analogy Stu.

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 9:32 pm
by Matt Z
I remember reading a National Geographic article a few years back that compared Neanderthals to rodeo clowns, since both had/have so many major tramatic injuries. In the case of Neanderthals, this was attributed to hunting large, dangerous animals like wild cattle with thrusting spears (Neanderthals didn't use bows or throwing spears).

Re: how healthy were the cavemen ?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 2:05 pm
by stuward
It's kind of interesting to see the lengths that prehistoric people went to to get the animals with the most fat.