The topic I chose was hunting for many reasons. This activity has both advantages and disadvantages. It has been around for about 1.8 million years and is still important today.
This is important to the global society. People do it for food. They do it for sport and they do it to decrease population. Hunting adds over 61 billion dollars in gross revenue and supplies over 704,600 jobs in the US alone. Since hunting is such a big business it is important to see where it has started.
The four Big History thresholds that hunting spans are: #5 dealing with evolution and life. The next is #6 collective learning and what makes humans different from other species. Next the threshold is #7 and what makes humans different from species. Next the threshold is agriculture and finally #8 expansions and interconnection.
In threshold 5 life began and animals evolved. Eventually humans were the dominant species and had to hunt in order to survive. The first hunting tools were stone tip arrows and bows. Humans needed to follow migration and be strong and accurate. Anthropologist's have found evidence of these around 400,000 BC.
In the next threshold #7 during the time of agriculture. Farmers hunted to kill off prey that tried to kill off domestic animals. They did not want to compete with wild animals for water or food during this time. Dogs were used to track, chase, or kill prey. Hunters used horseback, spears, bows, arrows, knives, and traps that were used to hunt.
In threshold 8 we learned about expansion and interconnection. guns were used in modern society to hunt. Hunting is now considered a sport. People hunt for skins, racks, and prestige. hunting spans global communities from the united states, Europe, Asia, and Africa where safaris take place