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Why are we so weak compared to our ancestors?

Why are we so weak compared to our ancestors? Topic: How to write a rap battle
June 24, 2019 / By Flannery
Question: Jamaican Usain Bolt ran the 200 meters in 19.19 seconds at this year's track and field world championships in Berlin, setting a new world record. The fastest man who ever lived, right? "He may be the fastest man around today, I wouldn't dispute that," said Peter McAllister, an anthropologist. "He certainly is not the fastest man ever to have lived." Really? Well, according to anthropologists who have studied 20,000-year-old human footprints in Australia, the ancient hunter who left them was running at more than 23 mph, just a whisker slower than Bolt. But, they say, that hunter was accelerating. Watch the full story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET To leave such prints, the hunter would likely have been moving through soft mud, and possibly 3 to 4 inches of water as well. Apparently ancient aboriginals -- given spiked shoes, spandex shorts and a flat track -- would make Bolt look like he's going backward. McAllister has written a book called "Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male." He claims we're pathetic specimens. "I'm looking to puncture some of the pretensions we have about ourselves," said McAllister. "We think of ourselves as better in every respect. Well, I just want to show that we're not better." McAllister claims a Neanderthal woman -- any Neanderthal woman -- could beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm-wrestling match. And he's talking Arnie of Conan vintage. And a lack of brawn, McAllister says, isn't our only weakness. We think of ourselves as exceptionally supportive, holding our wives' hands when they give birth. Well, the ancient Huichol Indians tied ropes around their testicles for their wives to pull on. That's sharing the pain. 'Don't Feel Too Bad' These days we marvel at the lyrical prowess of artists like 50 Cent, who has written about 6,000 lines of rap, remembers them and performs them. But the last of the ancient Slavic Guslars, or poets, without being able to read or write, had stored in their noggins an estimated 350,000 lines of verse. "If you put these guys up against 50 Cent in a battle rap, they're going to come off the victors," claims McAllister. Back to brawn. In a rowing race, modern oarsmen would be whupped by ancient Athenians, who powered ships with muscle. Charlton Heston pretended to be an ancient oarsmen in "Ben Hur." In reality, he wouldn't stand a chance. Modern javelin throwers fall well short of ancient aboriginals. And modern archers, with their arm guards and concentrated aim? Well, apparently, Genghis Khan and his boys were more accurate from a moving horse. You get the picture. "I'm trying to give us the straight dope about ourselves," said McAllister. Which is that compared to our ancient forefathers, we're pathetic. "These men are not that genetically different to us," said McAllister. "They just had such a tough working life. Most of the loss of our physical prowess is not genetic. It's mostly because of the lack of stress that we put ourselves under." Our working lives, on the other hand are largely sedentary, or at least mechanized. "The book is supposed to be funny, so don't feel too bad about it," said McAllister. "Maybe we'll just think twice before we go around boasting that we're the best that's ever been." http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/anthropologists-reveal-modern-man-wimpy-man/story?id=9216053#.UFayfKTyZCc @Alpha Male How does this sound stupid? Im simply asking why our ancestors were so much more athletic than us. @Jesse Maybe this is why we aren't as advanced as them, we're lazy. @Paradox I was looking for additional reasons and what others think lol.
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Darrel Darrel | 7 days ago
I agree with answer above. Technology is a huge contributing factor. If humans had the need to run such great distances and perform feats of athletic strength, then we would certainly be stronger at it. Now, we buy our food in a grocery store and spend a lot of our times on our electronics.
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Darrel Originally Answered: How do I get to know who my ancestors were?
You mean besides Adam and Eve? or Out of Africa? Start by asking all your living relatives for all the information on the topic they can provide. Write it all down, organize it, don't forget to write down who said what (source). Then, you can go online, go to your library and consult books, etc. http://www.searchforancestors.com/... http://www.censusrecords.net/?o_xid=2739... http://www.usgenweb.com/ http://www.census.gov/ http://www.rootsweb.com/ http://www.ukgenweb.com/ http://www.archives.gov/ http://www.familysearch.org/ http://www.accessgenealogy.com/... http://www.cyndislist.com/ http://www.geni.com/ Assuming they emigrated from Europe, start with Ellis Island and the Battery Conservancy sites: http://www.ellisisland.org http://www.castlegarden.org For Scotland, check: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ For Sweden: http://www.genline.com/databasen/ -http://www.northpark.edu/home/index.cfm?... http://www.finlandia.edu/catalog/intro.p... For ship’s passenger lists, try: http://www.immigrantships.net/ www.cyndislist.com/ships.htm www.geocities.com/Heartland/5978/Emigr... www.immigrantstips.net/ www.searchforancestors.com/passengerli... www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration... For those with native American ancestry, try: http://www.tribalpages.com/ http://www.cherokee-nc.com/geneology.php... http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/herita... Netherlanders: http://www.genlias.nl For a fee, try a DNA test: When you really want to know where your ancestors came from, try such sites as: www.familytreedna.com, dnatribes.com, dnaancestryproject.com, and, of course, the National Geographics Genotype program, https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/geno... For Jewish ancestry, try: www.israelgenealogy.com For people from India, try: http://www.fibis.org/ Have a look at these sites these are South African ones, http://genealogy.about.com/od/south_afri... http://www.rupert.net/~lkool/page2.html.... http://www.jewishgen.org/safrica/website... http://southafricanfamilyhistory.wordpre... Meaning of names: http://www.winslowtree.com/surname-meani... http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/f... Here are some general sites with lists of African names: http://www.swagga.com/fname.htm http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/afr.php http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/ba... http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/... Military: www.military.com http://www.familymilitaryrecords.com/ http://www.archives.gov/veterans/militar... http://websearch.about.com/od/peoplesear... http://genealogy.about.com/b/2007/05/24/... http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ww1/draft/sea... Finding live people: Two good places I use are www.zabasearch.com and www.peoplefinder.com Don't forget, use your local library. Ours (a small one, yet) has www.ancestry.com and www.heritagequest.com, as well as periodicals, books and guidance from an experienced genealogist. Keep good notes on where you find what: sources are very important. There are so many sources out there; if you get started, you will probably be in the position I am in: so much information that you don't have the time to catalog it all. Good luck!

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"These men are not that genetically different to us," said McAllister. "They just had such a tough working life. Most of the loss of our physical prowess is not genetic. It's mostly because of the lack of stress that we put ourselves under." Our working lives, on the other hand are largely sedentary, or at least mechanized." You already answered your own question. Oh , were you just wondering whether anyone read your entire post? Yeah, I've got time to kill.
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Wilma Wilma
The human loss of strength to mass is a key difference between us and our ape relatives. It seems that in the past, our branch took a turn that encouraged fine-motor skills and wits. Why these traits are "traded" for inherent strength remains a question, but hints to it are available through the Russian Silver fox experiments, and the varieties of lupines and canine breeding. It seems that physical traits as basic as "nice" or "aggressive" appearance are tied to traits for social behaviors. As strange as that may sound - that physical traits and behavioral traits are genetically linked - it shows us one reason we are so different from our extant ape relatives. Another consideration as to the environment which pushed the human branch toward our slim-lined bodies is the Aquatic Ape hypothesis.
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Sharon Sharon
Bet an ancient Aboriginal, neanderthal, slavic or athenian can shoot an M4A1 Rifle and hit a target from 500 yards. Bet they cant split an Atom, bet they cant create... Etc im not even going to explain how stupid you sound
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Paige Paige
Technology. Ancestors simply had nothing better to do than run, or row. Bolt gets in cars, texts, etc. he still runs, but it's not to the extent of the ancestors
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Mandy Mandy
We didnt have to struggle to survive!! Back then we had to adapt to catch up with the fat ******* to hunt them down! Today everything is already done for us, i can get already cut meat and i can crawl there! We domt have to use and gain as much muscle to survive! If you werent fast as **** as the carribous you would **** yourself and get your dick cut off by you chief and the other bitches in the clan!! Youre welcom
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Mandy Originally Answered: How can I do research on my ancestors?
There is an excellent tutorial for those who are new to family research at http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ; everyone starting out in genealogy should understand the basics and this tutorial covers them. After you complete the tutorial, the following is a basic plan and generally only requires the tools that you already have like your computer and Internet service provider. So, start with your birth certificate, which has your parents, and then ask your parents for copies of their birth certificates, which will have your grandparents on them. Then if you grandparents are living, continue the process. At some point, you will experience a problem depending on when you grandparents or great grandparents were born, in that; birth certificates did not exist before the 19th century. Therefore, you need to get back to 1930 with personal records because those types of records are not available to the public for 50 to 100 years depending on the jurisdiction in which they are held and census records which are quite valuable in tracing our ancestors movements are not available before 1930 at this time. By copying or ordering these documents, you have gone to relatively little expense and including you, you have four generations and you have it documented with primary documents. That will give you 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and 8 great grandparents’ names to start researching. Now, you can use death certificates, marriage records, census records, immigration records, church records, court records and many other sources to research your ancestry. Your public libraries will most likely have both Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest free for anyone to use while at the library and with a library card you should be able to use Heritage Quest at home. Another free online resource is the LDS/Mormon site, which has many free online records and original documents on their pilot site at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsear... . They have also just added a new Beta site that has a few more databases, which you might find useful http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collect... . In addition to their online records, they have Family History Centers where you can go for personalized help with research and look at microfilm and while they will not do your research for you they will help you, a lot. They only charge if they have to order something specifically for you or you need photocopies and their charges are minimal. Look on the home page of their website to find a location near you and call to check hours of operation. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Home/Welcome/home.asp …this website is also where the Social Security Death Index is located. Additionally, USGen Web is another free online resource at http://www.usgenweb.org/ . This site is packed with how-to tips, queries and records for every state and most counties within those states. Then, there is Rootsweb at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ a free site hosted by Ancestry.com where you can search for surnames, post queries on the message boards and subscribe to surname mailing lists. Also, be sure to check each state that you need information from as many have their own projects, for example, the state of Missouri has a great website that has many free source documents online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/ and South Carolina has many free wills and other court documents at http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx Also, Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites, 2010 http://familytreemagazine.com/article/101-Best-Websites-2010 You may have to register for their free newsletter to access this list but you will find that helpful also. And the only site that is included on this list which has some links that are free and some that are fee is Cyndi’s List but it will be well worth your time to look through the list for the free websites because of their quality: http://www.cyndislist.com/ Also, you can come back here for help with specific questions or search our archives for more “genealogy sources

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