Spontaneous Development of Hunting-like Behavior in a Juvenile Human

A Case Study


  • Vladimir Dinets University of Tennessee, Knoxville




Studies of hunting behavior in humans have never addressed the roles of innate predisposition vs. cultural acquisition in its development. I present a case study showing that many elements of hunting behavior can develop spontaneously in a juvenile growing up in complete isolation from other hunters, in an environment where such behavior has no adaptive value. Despite the minimal sample size and the fact that the study subject differed in behavior from most other juvenile males growing up at that time in the same environment, these observations clearly demonstrate that hunting-like behavior can be manifested without learning from others, at least in some individuals.


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Author Biography

Vladimir Dinets, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Vladimir Dinets has a Ph.D. in Zoology (Animal Behavior) from University of Miami. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Psychology Department of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studies evolution of complex behavior, as well as behavioral ecology and its applications to conservation. In his spare time he looks for rare and little-known animals in remote parts of the world.




How to Cite

Dinets, Vladimir. 2016. “Spontaneous Development of Hunting-Like Behavior in a Juvenile Human: A Case Study”. Humanimalia 8 (1):53-65. https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.9653.