Modern man a wimp says anthropologist
Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 metres during initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to progress to manhood.
Any Neanderthal woman could have beaten former bodybuilder and current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle.
These and other eye-catching claims are detailed in a book by Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister entitled ‘Manthropology’ and provocatively sub-titled ‘The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.’
McAllister sets out his stall in the opening sentence of the prologue.
‘If you’re reading this then you — or the male you have bought it for — are the worst man in history.
Perhaps but evolution doth hath its advantages.