Jake asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

Did cavemen ever get into arguments or fights with each other? ?

My biology teacher told us that he believes that cavemen never got into a fight or an argument with one another because they had very healthy, natural diets, and people with more natural diets have more natural behaviors. Let me know if you agree, disagree, or neither. If so, why? And please, no stupid responses, intelligent answers only, thanks 

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Your biology teacher is wrong. There are numerous "caveman" skeletons showing signs of death by violence.

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  • Dr. D
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    1 month ago

    A very high percentage of prehistoric skeletons indicate that they died by violent means. Their diets weren't that good either. During colder months they had very few vegetables available to them. They didn't live very long either. Your biology teacher is wrong on all counts.

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  • JimZ
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    2 months ago

    Don't believe everything (anything) your biology teacher tells you.   Of course they got into fights.  All societies have conflicts.  When you are trying to feed your family, and their life depends on eating, you tend to get awfully short with anyone that interferes with you feeding them.  If you look at Neaderthal remains, they sometimes went through very hard times with very little to eat.  Life is hard for those that lived before a few hundred years ago.  

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  • 2 months ago

    First, I don't know what "cavemen" means.

    This is not a scientific categorization of humans.

    Anyway, fossil record tells us, personal conflicts did happen during Paleolithic epoch.

    Some silex arrowheads have been found inside some rib cages (Cap Blanc woman, Otzi...), intentional cranial fractures (Cioclovina calvaria)...

    So whatever the reasons (sex, power, who knows) homicides did exist in upper paleolithic.

    But your teacher is right, those are personal settling of scores. Clans used to live far enough from each other and had no reason to fight for resources (game animals, river...), better move further away when too close.

    Overpopulation issues began whit global warming when approaching the Mesolithic era.

    8-10 ppl/km² in European forests is the limit that creates tensions over resources.

    After that, the invention of crop farming came with the invention of war: farmers had to claim or defend land and access to water.

    The earliest known battlefield dates back to 13000 years ago, identified by a number of people dead at the same place of obvious injuries and seemingly at the same time.

    An ethnic group consisting of adult males ("the assailants") and another numerous group ("the slaughtered village") of people of all ages and sex.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Fights are inevitbale, even among family members. Cavemen were hunter-gatherers. They live in a dangerous environment. Humans evolved on the dangerous African savanna, where there is little food and plenty of predators. Since behavior is not usually preserved in the fossil record, we can try to figure out how our ancestors may have lived by inferring behavior from our anatomy and physiology.

    For example, we can infer from the almost hairless and dark skin with lots of sweat glands that humans evolved in a hot climate with little shade and we needed to lose excess body heat quickly by sweating to avoid heat strokes. Our closest relatives, the gorilla and chimp, both have long and sharp canine teeth, and they do fight using them. Humans however do not have sharp canines and they are short. Our jaws are also quite weak as well, so we do not fight by biting, as apes do. In fact, scientists found that as early as 4.5 million years ago, Ardipithecus already showed reduced canines, and scientists interpret this to suggest there was reduced male-male combat.

    Males fight each other mainly for the right to mate and sometimes for territory. If there is reduced combat that probably mean that there was no need to fight each other for the right to mate or for territory. Since early human ancestors lived in a dangerous habitat, they almost certainly needed to live in social groups of multiple males, as chimps do. Chimps do so to defend themselves against neighbor troops of chimps as they fight for territory. The savanna is so big and food is so scarce there there was little reason to fight other groups of humans ancestors for territory. Instead, humans grouped together to fight off predators to stay alive, and to hunt cooperatively. To do so, they must be bonded to each other, and they cannot afford to fight each other over the right to mate. If males cannot fight openly for the right to mate and father children, then they instead engaged in a war of the penis, as some have suggested. To have a reasonable good chance of fathering children if females are free to mate with more than 1 male, human ancestors evolved to have the longest penis of any primate, and we are the only primate to lack a penile bone. In contrast, the gorilla uses force to guard his females from other males and he has a tiny penis that is 1.5 inches long. Chimps have the penile bone, which limits their penis to about 3 inches long, but they need a longer one than the gorilla because they do not fight each other for the right to mate either, since they must cooperate to defend the troop.

    The longer penis allows a male to place sperms closer to the uterus than sperms that are already there, left by other males. The natural selection for a long penis is so strong that the first male to have evolved the longest penis by losing the penile bone became the ancestor of all living males. Adam therefore lacked a penile bone. The head of our penis is also shaped in such a way as to allow it to remove sperms from the female vagina when we mate, as some people point out. Voila, we can tell from our anatomy that early humans were promiscuous because they cannot fight each other over females. Females too find it advantageous to have multiple sex partners because there is less chance that a jealous male will commit infanticide. Your teacher is correct that cavemen did not fight, not because of diet, but because of their environment.. They had no reason to fight since they share females and the rearing of young as a group. If they fight, they only endanger themselves because a male that has been excluding from having sex is not going to help fight off predators if the bully is attacked by a wild animal. Good riddance! May be now the survivor will get to have sex.

    You may wonder why modern humans do not practice promiscuity, and why adultery is treated so harshly, often by death in some cultures. The answer is agriculture. Agriculture freed us from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and it allows a man to raise a family without need for other men to help them stay safe, since farmers do not have to live a nomadic life but they can settle down and build strong predator resistant houses. If men no loner need other men, they sure are not going to allow their women to have sex with other men and end up raising the children of other men. Cuckoldry is costly, and whenever males provide parental care in nature, males demand monogamy from their mates. Birds that provide male parental care will guard their females, and men will similarly guard their women from having sex with other men.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    of course they had fights

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  • y
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    2 months ago

    Your biology teacher needs to be fired.

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  • 2 months ago

    That is only  assumption that they were never sick , grumpy, had a bad day, bad week,  cold, etc... So the answer is  even  a dog has bad days  and I would assume that a caveman would have bad days.

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  • 2 months ago

    Tell her I said she’s a moron. If they didn’t get into fights then why did they invent weapons or what happens if there’s a territory dispute. Rock Paper Scissors to decide who gets the land. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That's ridiculous nonsense.  It's perfectly natural behavior to have a difference of opinion with someone, and diet has nothing to do with it.

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