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Why do humans have greater endurance than monkeys?

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On the quest for the limit to human endurance, we learn,

The conclusions are pretty technical but the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances highlights one feature in particular that makes people unique among primates: their physical endurance is indeed extraordinary.

It is probably something we inherited from hunter-gatherers over the course of two million years, the researchers say. In a nutshell, when it comes to pushing one’s body to the limit, humans run circles around monkeys.

The limit to human endurance is measured in multiples of something called basal metabolism, which is the minimum energy, counted in calories, that is expended by the body to keep itself going for one minute.

Ivan Couronne , “Scientists seek out limit to human endurance” at Agence Presse France

It’s not just metabolism. Clearly, the reason humans can endure longer than monkeys is in large part the effect of human intelligence. The real nature of human endurance, captured:

Terry Fox could marshall the resources he did because, as a human being with a mind, he knew why he was doing what he did.

Note: What they don’t tell you is that all the Canadian cancer boffins opposed Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. But Canadians, who heard of it by chance, lined the roadsides, offering cash to fight cancer. Remember that when you are told to “trust” the boffins. They are sometimes right. But often not when it matters most.

See also: Researcher: Ancient people were NOT all dead by 30 years of age This matter is worth clarifying because people arguing dubious claims about the mindset of ancient man sometimes assume that few people were around much beyond thirty years of age. But enough of them were around that the lifespan of 70 to 80 years was accepted as the norm for a human being, irrespective of the percentage of the population that reached it.

Is aging a “disease” or does it have an “evolutionary purpose”?

Study: Religiously affiliated people lived “9.45 and 5.64 years longer…”

and

Anomaly: Human mortality hits a plateau after 105 years of age From Discover Magazine: “ That is, you aren’t any more likely to die at 110 than at 105. It’s a contradictory finding, because mortality ticks steadily upward as we get older at all previous ages.”

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6 Replies to “Why do humans have greater endurance than monkeys?

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    Seversky says:

    Still hunting for evidence of human exceptionalism?

    Yes, a human athlete who trains for a long time may well have greater endurance than a monkey – who hasn’t trained to the same extent. And yes, the willingness of humans to push their bodies to their physical limits is a by-product of their intelligence. Although a monkey watching a human drive themselves to exhaustion for the sake of winning a race might wonder “what’s the point?”

    On the other hand, cheetah’s (untrained) can easily run at over twice the speed of the even fastest human sprinter.

    Adult chimpanzees are around two to three times as strong as the strongest human and adult gorillas are thought to be at least six times as strong, although there is some debate about exactly how much.

    Whereas you and I know the smell of a pizza, a dog’s sense of smell is so keen that it’s thought that it can identify each of the separate ingredients that went into the making of the pizza.

    And if our night vision was as good as an owl’s, we would be able to read newspaper in pitch darkness by the light of a single candle set one mile away.

    So, yes, we’re exceptional in some ways but not in others. Certainly not enough to preen ourselves as being the pinnacle of some deity’s creation.

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    ET says:

    Seversky:

    Still hunting for evidence of human exceptionalism?

    No one has to hunt for that. We are so exceptional that we can artificially mimic all other organisms’ strong points, if we wanted to.

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    vmahuna says:

    By coincidence, there was a recent study on this–
    https://news.yahoo.com/scientists-seek-limit-human-endurance-202528909.html
    In part–
    “It is probably something we inherited from hunter-gatherers over the course of two million years, the researchers say. In a nutshell, when it comes to pushing one’s body to the limit, humans run circles around monkeys.
    “The limit to human endurance is measured in multiples of something called basal metabolism, which is the minimum energy, counted in calories, that is expended by the body to keep itself going for one minute.
    “And the limit to human endurance is about 2.5 times this basal metabolism, says the team, led by Herman Pontzer, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University.”
    And–
    “”What point do I hit where I can finally put as many calories back in as I burn each day?”
    “The answer, Pontzer said, is 2.5 BMR — which stands for basal total metabolic rate.”
    ‘That’s about 4,000 calories a day,’ he said.”

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    AaronS1978 says:

    And all those animals you mentioned above we captured and put in the zoo

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    AaronS1978 says:

    We are the dominant species on this planet.
    And we did that with all of those glaring shortcomings that you mentioned that every other animal on the face of the earth can do better than us I guess the only thing that makes us exceptional is the fact that we are ultimately the most adaptable organism on the planet.

    By the way all of the traits that were mentioned above really don’t mean much of anything because we can make something that, well, does it better

    Hawks have some of the best vision on the entire planet

    Yet we made telescope that at peer into the space. Not to mention the TV said you can watch anything on that or that little iPhone that Magnify an image

    Cheetahs move faster than the majority of animals on this planet and we made a car, one singular vehicle, that can go five times faster than a cheetah’s maximum speed

    Birds used to own the sky and then we made Jets that can break the sound barrier

    Viruses can change the DNA of organisms and then we stole crispr And now can intentionally adjust an organisms DNA

    Termites build giant mounds, we build skyscrapers

    Octopi and chimps Can learn how to unscrew caps and get food inside of locked jars the same with ravens As they build tools to pick locks, they’re really amazing problem solvers

    We figured out general relativity evolution mathematics and created an entire way of investigating these things known as science

    I might think we’re really good problem solvers too

    What’s that?! animals are stronger than us? most of them are.

    We are a weak ass species yet despite our weaknesses we manage to conquer them all and dominate the planet Despite our shortcomings

    We have created machines that far exceed the strongest animal on this planet in sheer power

    We have also created machines that allow us to go places no other animal has gone including space and we have set foot on another terrestrial body unlike any animal on this planet

    With time there is nothing that any animal on this planet has evolved that we cannot do and we will not be able to improve and do it better anything they can do, well we can do to. You can thank our wonderful brains for that and well science which we created

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    willspeaks says:

    Still waiting on the Chimp to leave a comment………..:)

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