Scott Davis has been watching the World with puzzled incredulity since 1959. So far, the World has been perfectly content to ignore him – that can hardly continue, now that he's opened his big mouth and begun making observations ...
Don't imagine that the art of throwing rocks is in any way natural! You want some laughs? Go to YouTube and Search for 'Chimps vs. Fake Leopard'. You should find a short excerpt from a film made by Dutch Primate Researchers. They wanted to explore aggression in our nearest relative, the chimpanzee. The thing is, these creatures didn't evolve to use weapons, whether sticks or stones! A chimp is IMMENSELY more powerful than a man, and ought to be able to make short work of a leopard, if only they had the skills we humans spent a couple of million years developing!
Mankind’s fascination with projectile weapons had begun millennia before, of course, with rocks. At first, people figured they had to hang on to the rock and just bash the heck out of whatever. This was fine if you were bashing nuts or other rocks, but turned out to be problematic if you were bashing, for instance, a leopard. It took surprisingly little time for someone to point out that maybe it would be more survivable to throw the rocks – preferably from the top of a cliff while disguised as someone from the next clan. Throwing rocks was a big hit, and remained all the rage for ages before someone figured out that a rock in a leather pouch suspended at the end of a leather rope could be whirled about the head and launched at a target with enormous force. This was simply beyond cool, and guys were happily slinging rocks at various animals for tens of thousands of years before David discovered that they were also useful against giants.