Disappearance of the Elephant 400,000 Years Ago Caused the Rise of Modern Man

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Fri, Dec 16th, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to this article on PhysOrg, elephants were the ideal meal for Homo erectus: a huge "package of food," that was slow and easy to hunt.

When elephants began to die out, Homo erectus "needed to hunt many smaller, more evasive animals. Energy requirements increased, but with plant and protein intake limited, the source had to come from fat. He had to become calculated about hunting," Ben-Dor says, noting that this change is evident in the physical appearance of modern humans, lighter than Homo erectus and with larger brains.

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