Anthropologist: Modern Male Is 'Worst' Man Ever

We're not as robust, Aussie argues in new book
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2009 5:00 AM CDT
This picture provided by the American Museum of Natural History shows a mural depicting Neanderthal life.   (AP Photo/American Museum of Natural History)
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(Newser) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is such a girly man by Neanderthal standards that some caveman's wife could have kicked his ass in arm wrestling, an Australian anthropologist argues in his new book. In fact, Peter McAllister calls modern males the "worst" men in history, at least when it comes to physical prowess. Australian Aboriginals were faster,  Neanderthals were stronger and Roman legions could run at least a marathon a day, he argues.

"These people were much more robust," says McAllister, who has written Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male. Clearly, though, they weren't as handsome by modern-day female standards, and "we wouldn't want to go back to the brutality of those days," McAllister concedes.