Episode 85: Gen. Zaroff, I Presume: Hunting Humans

Ep 85We, as humans, enjoy our place atop the food chain. Whether it’s true or not, we’ve done a great job convincing ourselves we are basically invincible when it comes to predators. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh, balderdash. However, what if it wasn’t an animal that was pursuing us? Join us this week as we explore the myth of Man the Hunter; the story of The Most Dangerous Game, and the truth that makes them resonant.


Early Humans Were Prey, Not Predators, Experts Say – Nat Geo

What Are You So Scared of? Saber-Toothed Cats, Snakes, and Carnivorous Kangaroos. – Slate

The influence of color on snake detection in visual search in human children

Humans are ‘unique super-predator’ – BBC

Early humans were prey — not killers – Washington University in St Louis

The Scavenging of ‘Peking Man’. Natural History, 110:46-52.

Birds and Mammals ate our ancestors – NBCnews

The Myth of Man the Hunter/Man the Killer and the Evolution of Human Morality – Robert Sussman

Man the Hunter’ May Have Met His Match – LA Times

Man’s early hunting role in doubt – New Scientist

Male chimps and humans are genetically violent — NOT? – Psychology Today

Pulvinar neurons reveal neurobiological evidence of past selection for rapid detection of snakes

Randolph Nesse – ASU Center for Evolution and Medicine

Fear and Fitness: An Evolutionary Analysis of Anxiety Disorders

Spain in our Hearts – Americans in the Spanish Civil War – Adam Hochschild

The Most Dangerous Game – Richard Connell

Hunting humans: A future for tourism in 2200

Bull Fighting History

Robert Hansen – Murderpedia

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