lions, chimps and sticks

Alex Duncan (
4 Oct 1995 12:17:52 GMT

In article <> H. M. Hubey, writes:

>>are the most social primates. If you were a lion would you attack a
>>GROUP of large primates wielding branches and stones? I think not.
>If I were a lion I probably wouldn't know that sticks and stones
>could hurt my bones.
>They'd have to be hurt by sticks or stones or they wouldn't even
>know what to do about them. YOu can scare dogs or even cats
>by making throwing-displays. They don't know what it means.

What exactly is your point here? Are you saying that if you were a lion,
you WOULD attack a group of large-bodied primates wielding sticks, rocks,
etc., who were simultaneously screaming, jumping up and down, and
threatening you with their weapons?

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086