This bit of essentially non-news is popping up every where:
Chinese Scientist Says Prehistoric Man Ate Pandas
China’s beloved national symbol — the panda — may have been seen quite differently by ancient humans: as food.
Scientist Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate pandas in an area that is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
Wei, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, says many excavated panda fossils “showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man.”
The Chongqing Morning Post quoted him Friday as saying: “In primitive times, people wouldn’t kill animals that were useless to them” and therefore the pandas must have been used as food.
1) Why is it so shocking that they might have eaten Panda?
2) Hunting could also have been for the fur, not the meat (or for both)
3) It is nonsense that prehistoric people only killed for utilitarian purposes;
4) Apart that they did kill solely for the fun of it only, there is also the factor: “Whoa, big dangerous bear! Kill it!” involved