This paper details the perilous world in which our ancestors evolved as a prey target for a significant number of carnivores. The first part details the predators that would have co-existed with ancient hominins in the highlighted geographic region and time and notable specimens that bear marks of having been the victims of carnivores. The second section shows how being hunted affected hominin behavioral and cognitive evolution. The final section discusses to what extent hominins may have been preferred prey for certain carnivores.


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