Re: Cannibalism

J. Moore (
Fri, 15 Sep 95 17:35:00 -0500

Ge> Three million years
Ge> ago the hominid line had both a vegetarian branch (the robust
Ge> australopithecines) and more hunting-oriented omnivores; the
Ge> branch died out...
Ge> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=---- Gerold Firl @

The idea that robust australopithecines were "vegetarian" and more
gracile australopithecines were less so, or that they were
"hunting-oriented" to any greater degree is a rather old, and
outdated, one. It does not appear to have been the case. They
seem to have both been opportunistic omnivores, albeit with
somewhat different plant diets likely (as evidenced by the robust
features of the one group).

Jim Moore (