Re: history questions: meat, siberian land bridge, horses in the Americas

Ethan Vishniac (
17 Dec 1996 14:13:29 GMT

Tuohy <> wrote:
>As I have said before,I am giving you the info as I have heard/read it.

Several people have pointed out to you that even if you are remembering
this reference correctly, it simply proves that your high school text
contained a certain amount of nonsense. That's hardly remarkable. A
simple way to check would be to see if its author cited any primary
literature in support of this idea, and then go look for it. There
are few fields where imagination runs wild as easily as it does in
the study of human prehistory.

It would be a lot more useful to you to go look for any one of the many
books on human prehistory written by people with a detailed knowlege
of the primary literature. Such books will often cite the professional
literature when advancing a controversial point. I don't think there's
any such information on the net (I could be wrong).

On the other hand, you seem to have no idea what people are talking
about when they ask you whether you mean H. sapiens or H. erectus or
some species of Australopithecus. The easiest way to correct such
ignorance is to go to the archive, which contains a large
number of summaries written by active researchers, including at least
one on human evolution. The address is

I missed the beginning of this thread, and maybe you think this fantasy
has something to do with an issue important to you (vegetarianism?).
Isn't it more to the point that people can be seen to lead healthy lives
as vegetarians today than to try to invent prehistory?

"Quis tamen tale studium, quo ad primam omnium rerum causam evehimur,
tamquam inutile aut contemnendum detractare ac deprimere ausit?"-Bridel

Ethan T. Vishniac --->
Dept. of Astronomy also Associate Professor of Astrophysiology
The University of Texas G.G. Simpson Hereditable Chair of Evilution
Austin, Texas, 78712 University of Ediacara `Knowledge, Wisdom, Beer'