Don’t Blame Gender Inequity On Our Ancestors, Ancient Women Were Big-Game Hunters Too

Archaeologists recently excavated the remains of a 9,000-year-old female who was buried with items that suggested she hunted big-game.  Since ancient big-game hunting had been perceived as a man’s job, the finding inspired researchers to dig deeper.  What they found may force us re-examine the way we think about present day gender differences.

Examining all excavations in the Americas from the late Pleistocene and early Holocene periods, the researchers found 27 individuals who had been buried with big-game hunting tools—a surprising 41% (11) were female and the remaining 59% (16) were male. They concluded that big-game hunting was likely a relatively equitable pursuit with respect to gender. In fact, statistical analysis revealed “between 30 and 50% female participation, suggesting that early big-game hunting was likely gender neutral or nearly so,” the researchers write.

Now that we’ve learned ancient females were big-game hunters, we can no longer blame our ancestors for some of the sex differences we have today.

Based on the assumption that ancient men dominated the big-game hunting world, psychologists have attributed a slew of present-day gender differences on this presumed difference in our ancient history. The argument basically says that since, in ancient times, successful hunters were more likely to survive than those who were less skilled, the human male evolved over thousands of years to have skills associated with successful hunting. Studies have asserted that, as a result, men are more likely to assume risk, are more competitive and are even better at navigation, all because their ancient male ancestors had to develop these skills to be successful hunters.  

One study even attributed men’s enhanced ability at certain Nintendo Wii video games to skills acquired from their hunting ancestors.  Another examined the shopping behavior of university students and concluded male students shop more like hunters, and female students shop more like gatherers.

Men’s enhanced spatial ability or the ability to picture and rotate objects in space has also been linked to ancient man’s greater participation in hunting. This enhanced spatial ability that men ostensibly acquired from their hunting ancestors has been used to explain contemporary sex differences in math skills.  Some have also asserted men’s history of bringing home the big game resulted in the present-day division of labor where men are stereotyped as family providers. 

As we try to lure more women and girls into STEM fields, arguments that suggest they will underperform in math because their ancestors didn’t hunt are clearly counterproductive. Similarly, evidence that women are genetically less likely to take risks or compete may make them seem less suited for business leadership. Stereotypes of men as providers may also contribute to the gender pay gap. Now, evidence that women were also big-game hunters suggests that there must be an alternative explanation for these sex differences, perhaps one easier to address than evolution.

Lead author on the current study, archaeologist and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis, Randy

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Udit Narayan opens up on son Aditya’s wedding to Shweta Agarwal; says, “If something happens, don’t blame the parents”

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Actor-singer and host Aditya Narayan had recently confirmed that he is all set to marry his longtime girlfriend Shweta Agarwal. The couple has been in a relationship for almost a decade and they are now all set to settle down for good.

Surprisingly, reacting to Aditya’s decision to marry Shweta, Udit Narayan said that he was a little shocked. Not only that, Udit has even told Aditya that if something goes wrong in the future then parents shouldn’t be blamed.

In an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, Udit said that he has known Shweta for many years but only as Aditya’s friend. So he was a little shocked when Aditya told him that he wants to marry Shweta. “I have known Shweta for many years but only as a friend of my son. Aditya came to me one day and told me that he wants to marry Shweta. I just told Aditya that if something happens later, don’t blame the parents,” Udit told Dainik Bhaskar.

Aditya recently told SpotBoyE that he will be taking the plunge with Shweta on December 1. And Udit is now hoping that by the December end the Coronavirus situation will come under control so that he can enjoy his only son’s wedding. “I wanted to celebrate Aditya’s wedding in a grand manner and call many people. But I will not go against the decision of the government. I hope that the situation will be cured by December so that I can enjoy my only son’s marriage,” the veteran singer told the daily

Aditya and Shweta are opting for an intimate wedding at a temple with only their immediate family in attendance. Now we are looking forward to this lovely’s couple’s wedding. And for more such interesting updates, stay tuned to Bollywood Bubble.

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