I’ve seen people question how mankind ever managed to survive. Some of them criticize or even deny the anthropological understanding of the deep history of mankind’s antiquity, saying that the soft, weak little human species could not possibly have evolved and survived amongst all of the bigger, stronger, swifter, scary predatory animals that inhabit the Earth.
How could a set of scrawny hairless apes, if that is what we are, survive in a world of lions and leopards and saber tooth cats and carnivorous bears and even gigantic birds that could so easily hunt them down and prey upon them?
Well, let’s take a look. Let’s go down through the list of the apex predators of all time and see how weak little mankind stacks up against each of them. And in reviewing and analyzing the list, let’s start at the top, with the most vicious, the most durable, the most able, the most predatory, the absolutely most scary creature who has ever lived, which is:
Yes, and that’s humans without any of our modern technology.
Humans, mostly hairless, mostly naked, basically all by themselves, without vehicles or guns or even metal knives.
Humans, the species that is sometimes referred to as Cro Magnon man, anatomically modern humans, running around on mostly bare feet across the savannah using mostly their bare hands, is the single most deadly, top-of-the-line apex predator who has ever lived for the past uncounted millions of years on the Earth. Possibly even outstripping T-Rex for first place, if they were ever to have come head to head (which, of course, they did not.)
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Collaboration is the primary key. Communication. Working in groups. Ganging up on prey like no other predator possibly could. Because we can communicate, anticipate actions, plan, execute a plan, change the plan and communicate the change in the middle of execution.
Endurance is another key. Other animals can sprint. Once or twice with tremendous speed. But then they’re done. We can walk. For miles and miles. We can walk for days if we have to. No other animal can walk as far as humans. We can’t catch a deer by running. But we can wear it to death by walking.
We are fond of each other (mostly) as fellow humans, at least in our local tribe. This means that, if you are a predator and you kill one of us, you die. Because we will do whatever it takes to kill you. Even if it means most of our pack coming after you all at once.
Not only that, but if you kill one of us, your entire pack dies. And not only your entire pack, but your kind dies wherever and whenever we see them. Or whenever any of our kids see them. Because, if you kill one of us, we seriously don’t like you. We are afraid of you. And whatever we are afraid of, we eliminate. If you run away, we walk in your direction. And when you don’t expect us, we show up. And then we kill you.
Dogs (wolves) are the only other animals who come close to us in walking endurance. And they are pack animals, too. And they are intelligent. We can easily find a kinship with intelligent, furry pack animals. And we made friends with then a long, long, long time ago. And we protect each other. So nothing can sneak up on us without us knowing about it. And if it tries to, we kill it.
And we innovate. And we make weapons. And we can make a weapon out of literally anything in the entire world. We haven’t always had what our modern world likes to call “technology.” But weapons of one sort or another have been found along with our earliest remains. Also fire.