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  •  During the last ice age (2+ / 0-)
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    BusyinCA, Calamity Jean

    Humans came pretty close to extinction, but they still had oxygen in their atmosphere, other species to share the planet with, and a million years of lithic technology backing them up.

    Can you pressure flake a Folsom point, make fire in a desert, walk for hundreds of miles, find food after we have killed off every other species but mankind?

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:09:51 PM PST

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    •  I can make a spear point and fire, (1+ / 0-)
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      but at my age I would be left to die in such a 'society'.

      Finding food would be a challenge, as few sustainable types might be left. Care for some fresh grasshoppers? Maybe some worms or larvae. Yum. Won't be much mammalian life left after humans eat them all. And forget about fishing for your dinner. Extinct or toxic. Potable water will be scarce.

      Lovely future we leave for our descendants.

      •  The old, the women and children won't die first (1+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean

        Hunters know that if they don't preserve the old folk they lose the old folks knowledge of medicinal and edible plants, (assuming any survive) what species of insects are safe to eat and which are poisonous (I agree insects are a good candidate to be able to survive as long as we can) If they don't preserve the women and children they have nobody to hunt and gather for them when they get old.

        On the other hand hunters get the lions share of food so gatherers need to be clever.

        Potable water will still seep out of rocks in springs but bands of hunters will probably fight over them.

        Where it gets sticky is surviving the first few centuries where its doubtful anything can live on the surface and underground there is cabin fever.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:55:02 PM PST

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