Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sexual differences in throwing - monkeys having a fling.

Trends Cogn Sci 2001 March 1:5(3) 88-89

Sex differences in throwing: monkeys having a fling.
Watson: NV.

Dept of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive
BC, V5A
1S6./, Burnaby, Canada

[Record supplied by publisher]

Fast and accurate throwing was undoubtedly important to ancestral hominids, and was subjected to sexual-selection pressures that generated a throwing accuracy that persists in modern humans. The balance of evidence, including that from a recent comparative study of throwing in humans and capuchin monkeys, suggests that high-performance throwing involves unique adaptations in the domains of spatial targeting, precision timing, and multi-joint motor control.

This is an actual abstract. What they are saying is early men had to throw with accuracy - for hunting, I presume? (I'm not sure about that; I didn't think monkeys ever hunted. Hunting and meat-eating in hominids is associated with larger brains and monkeys evolving into homo sapiens.)
Anyway, if you throw like a girl, it's because you never had to stone woolly mammoths to death for dinner.


2 Comments:

Blogger May* said...

Bwahahahahah! I remember this from years ago. A friend used to go to SFU and she asked my opnion about it. I replied: "if a human male throws like a girl it's because, in this day and age, he doesn't need to stone his dinner to death."

Great minds think alike. ;)

May*

10:22 AM  
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9:54 PM  

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