Showing posts with label Giant baboon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giant baboon. Show all posts

Giant baboon

We all know that we come from Australopithecus, one of our ancestor that lived about 3 million years ago in the African plains. Was the size of a chimpanzee, maybe a little bigger, and the main feature is that it walked on two legs. For this ancestor must be careful lest he deal with large hyenas, lions giants, especially with a cousin who still have descendants today: giant baboon (Theropithecus brumpti).
Baboons (or Papios) current are very fierce, in some cases, a male only stood up to leopards weighing more than twice and have formidable weapons ... imagine what they can do in droves. As for weapons, the baboon is a wonder: is agile, fast, fierce fangs and has serious injuries that may infringe their predators. They do not usually spend more than 40 kg, and usually live in herds gathering, are omnivores. Peaceful coexistence is with them, and that is why coming up and impalas graze beside ... until suddenly, they go crazy, they catch a baby impala and cut up to bite. The same goes for other animals such as hares, rabbits, small antelopes and birds.

3 million years ago, our ancestor, Australopithecus could be eaten by giant baboons, as current devour small antelopes. They lived in the same places and in some ways were rivals and as rivals, Austra had much to lose. While Australopithecus could reach 60 or 70 kg in weight, the Giant Baboon exceeded 200 kg. And while standing Australopithecus measured 1.3 meters, the Giant Baboon reaches 1.90 or 2 meters. So these two (the Australopithecus and the Giant Baboon) shared resources, but perhaps, once the big fish ate the kid ....

Perhaps 3 million years ago, we would see a pair of giant baboons on a zebra, trying it down to eat it and it could be a zebra or hyena or a leopard, or a wildebeest, or maybe a monkey smaller but more important in human evolutionary history .... Australopithecus.
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