Light Over Heat #14: The Homo Sapiens Projectile Club – Explained

In Light Over Heat Ep 11, I wore a Homo Sapiens Projectile Club t-shirt. You can buy the t-shirt or hoodie in the Liberal Gun Owners online store.

The idea underlying the t-shirt can be found in Pillar 1 of The Liberal Gun Owners Lens. This is the first of 4 planned pillars analyzing the relationship between humans and firearms.

Pillar 1 focuses on what the author, Randy Miyan (Executive Director of the Liberal Gun Owners), calls the human-weapon relationship, the reality that underlies the Homo Sapiens Projectile Club.

In this week’s “Light Over Heat” video, I connect the History Channel competition show “Top Shot” to the cultural and anthropological nomality of guns for Homo sapiens as a species.

For more on why Top Shot mattered in my conversion to gun ownership, see either the video of my presentation to the National Firearms Law Seminar (37 minutes on YouTube) or a shorter bit on my blog.

Also, I met Chris Cheng, Top Shot Season 4 Champion, mentioned in this week’s Light Over Heat video!

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  1. Of interest? (I found the full text at Researchgate as well)
    Born to Throw: The Ecological Causes that Shaped the Evolution of Throwing In Humans
    Michael P. Lombardo
    and Robert O. Deaner
    Biology Department, Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403 USA; e-mail: lombardm@gvsu.eduPsychology Department, Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403 USA; e-mail:
    Humans are the only species capable of powerful and accurate overhand throwing. However, the evolution of this ability remains underexplored. Here we draw on several lines of evidence—anatomical, archeological, cross-species comparisons, and ethnographic—to develop a scenario for the evolution of throwing. Throwing has deep roots in the primate lineage. Nonhuman primates throw projectiles during agonistic interactions but rarely to subdue prey. Thus, we argue that throwing first arose during agonistic interactions and was later incorporated into hunting by human ancestors. The fossil record indicates that anatomical adaptations for high-speed throwing in Homo first appeared about two million years ago. Once the effective use of projectile weapons became critical to success in combat and hunting, the importance of the ability to throw, intercept, and dodge projectiles would have resulted in stronger selection on males than females to become proficient at these skills because males throw projectiles more often than females in both combat and hunting.


  2. Khal, Jane Goodall has observed chimps using both rocks and branches as missiles in the context of aggression. There has also been observance of chimps in Senegal making thrusting spears out of branches to thrust at Bushbabies (small primates) when hunting them. No throwing there, though. Those are the only things I found during research. -Randy-

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      • HAAA! Well…one thing is for sure…to understand all of this, you have to go back before Homo sapiens to get to the beginning of projectiles. CLEARLY Neanderthals and potentially Homo heidelbergensis were using spears. And if chimps can fashion crude spears, and Homo erectus can make exquisite versions of the Acheulean hand axe…then the cognitive level required to make and use spears is present in Homo…maybe all the way back to the Human-Chimp ancestor.


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