How Hurling Spears 2 Million Years Ago May Have Given Us a 96-mph Fastball

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How Hurling Spears 2 Million Years Ago May Have Given Us a 96-mph Fastball

Post by Tom on Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:40 pm

Any baseball nuts out there?  You might enjoy this.

"When it comes to the ability to pitch a 90 mph fastball, humans are unmatched. Sure, chimpanzees can throw, but only at about 20 mph, a speed that wouldn't land them a spot on a Little League team, said Neil Roach, a postdoctoral researcher in George Washington University's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology.

"If you look at any Little League baseball game in any town in America, you can find a 12- or 13-year-old kid that can throw 60 or 70 miles per hour on the mound at that game," he said in a video produced by George Washington University. "And that to me is really remarkable performance. It's what we all are capable of doing as opposed to the best athletes among us."

Roach and Dan Lieberman, professor of biological sciences at Harvard University, believe that early humans evolved this skill for hunting -- specifically for hurling spears or rocks at small animals to kill and capture food. Their research is published in this week's edition of the journal Nature. ..."

The link below will take you to the complete article at PBS.org.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/06/did-hunting-give-us-the-fast-ball.html

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