15 Things We Think Make Us Different From Animals (But Totally Don’t)
1. Persistence Hunting
It’s oft repeated that humans are physically worse off than any other animal, apart from our big brains. That’s manifestly false, we’re actually some of the best long distance runners on the planet. If you talk to people who know about the evolution of humanity, they’ll talk about a thing called “persistence hunting.” See, fit humans can jog at a pretty steady pace for three or four days a time, if they’re used to it. So hunter gatherers would wound an animal with a spear, and then just chase it until it collapsed from exhaustion, at which point they killed it. It made us some of the most effective hunters on the planet, and no other animal was able to do this — no other but one. The wolf. Just like humans, wolf packs are capable of hunting at speed for hours at a time, harrying their prey until they collapse. Not even in our incredible ability to track and kill wounded animals are we unique, animals have us beaten there too.