Foraging for food and seeking prey without becoming prey may sound like a hard life, but new evidence shows that this might not be the case at all. Recent studies into the lifestyles of ancient hunter gatherer societies and modern hunter gatherer cultures are beginning to paint a much clearer picture as to what this type of life is really about.
Hunter-gatherers were prehistoric nomadic groups that harnessed the use of fire, developed intricate knowledge of plant life and refined technology for hunting and domestic purposes as they spread ...
A hunter-gatherer is a human living in a society in which most or all food is obtained by foraging (collecting wild plants and pursuing wild animals). Hunter-gatherer societies stand in contrast to agricultural societies, which rely mainly on domesticated species.
Life Expectancy in Hunter Gatherers. A common misconception that exists today is that the lifespan of early humans was extremely short. Often people quote numbers like 30 years as the average life span of early hunter gatherers and farmers. A look at modern day hunter-gatherer societies is the best way to examine the likely life span of early ...
Hunter-gatherer populations do tend to have very high infant mortality rates, which pulls down their average life expectancy significantly. In a study of Hiwi hunter-gatherers, congenital problems accounted for 30% of all infant deaths.
You might even say the study’s acculturated hunter-gatherers were essentially Primal, eating and moving traditionally while enjoying access to modern medicine. From age 45, the mean number of expected remaining years of life is 20.7, 19.8, and 24.6 for hunter-gatherers, forager-horticulturalists, and acculturated hunter-gatherers, respectively.
In Hunter-Gatherer societies this was their primary focus and readily passed down to their children, what is it we pass down to our own children. I would say everything that is learned in school does not help sustain life once they move out- an argument for a later time.
Rock paintings, like this undated example of human figures and antelopes by the San in Namibia, southern Africa, provide rare graphic evidence of earlier hunter-gatherer life. Rock art exists throughout the world but is difficult to date. The oldest dated example, found in Australia, is believed to be 28,000 years old.