Re: AAT Theory

David L Burkhead (
2 Oct 1995 11:52:23 GMT

In article <> (H. M. Hubey) writes:
> (David L Burkhead ) writes:
>>comparison to humans), yet strangely they are able to deal with
>>predators. Chimpanzees don't _have_ to run from predators. From what
>Yeah, they can scare off a lone cheetah probably.

Actually, they didn't "scare off" the predator--they _drove_ it
off. The cat's choice was flee or die. It wasn't a cheetah, BTW, but
a leopard, which just happened to be the primary predator in that
habitat. If they could deal with it, they could deal with anything
else they were likely to encounter.

>> Big cats and other savannah predators can be driven off by threat
>Somehow i find it hard to believe that they were scaring off

Probably not since chimpanzees and lions don't generally share
habitat. Chimpanzees prefer a more wooded environ; lions, a more

Also, you seem to have bought into the mistique about lions
engendered by many a jungle movie. "The king of beasts" is something
of a misnomer. "Lazy beast who seeks easiest prey around" is somewhat
better. And a group of angry chimpanzees, weilding sticks and rocks
does _not_ qualify as "easiest prey around."

>I don't think they'd be able to scare off hyenas, or mayb
>even wild dogs.

You might want to actually _learn_ something about the subject
before discoursing on it. You are, quite simply, wrong. Chimpanzees
are quite capable of dealing with any predator found in their
environs. They will lose the occasional group member to predation,
but the loss is not heavy.

>The rest of it seems to be a verbal match using fuzzy
>words. It's not something I can carry on since I can't
>afford the time now.

You might look up "projection" in a psychology text. For _you_
to accuse _me_ of "a verbal match using fuzzy words" is the height of

David L. Burkhead

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