Persistence hunt: Who will collapse first? The man or the animal?

May 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

“The most ancient hunting technique of all — the persistence hunt … It’s a test of endurance. Who will collapse first? The man or the animal? This was how men hunted before they had weapons, when a hunter had nothing more than his own physical endurance with which to gain his prize.”


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J.R. Atwood


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  • 1. jleeger  |  July 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Such a strange opening remark by the commentator…that “only human beings have ever done that” – linked marks on the ground with animals that made them.

    Canines can track a scent, some for quite a distance, and identify individuals by their scent. Is that not as complex as what the “might human” can do?

    Sharks can “smell” blood in water over great distances.

    Elephants can feel the vibrations of other herds, perhaps from as far as 100 miles away. Whale-song is similar.

    I’m dismayed by our continual efforts to separate ourselves from nature, and prove that we are “better” in some way.

    Have you been to Tom Brown’s tracker school? If tracking is of interest to you, you should go!


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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