Anthropology: Unpalatable Man

One of man's earliest ancestors, says Anthropologist Louis Leakey, was a puny creature named Kenyapithecus africanus that inhabited the earth 20 million years ago. Bones that Leakey found in his native Kenya are the basis of this conclusion. But they also raise a troubling question. How did the weakling those bones belonged to ever survive his hostile environment? He would have been no match for faster and more powerful carnivorous beasts, such as the forebears of lions and leopards, and man did not begin making weapons capable of warding off attacks from...

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