Jarn’s Journal Year 5 Day 85 #SFFSat

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Year 5, Day 85

Lioness, MorguefileThis year it is much clearer why the People do not stay here permanently.

Last year the final group hunt was highly successful, and I had to modify the heat pump to keep some of the excess meat frozen. As a result, the fish from the lake and Giraffe’s hunting with Patches were more than enough to keep us fed.

This year the final hunt brought in almost nothing, and the group dispersed early.

I followed one of their hunts, mostly flying over them, and for the first time realized that their upright stance, together with their ability to sweat freely, actually helps them hunt. Not just ability to wield spears, not just being able to see farther, but endurance.

Ever watch a four-legged animal run? They contract and stretch their bodies, and pump their lungs in the process. Breathing speed is tied to running speed. That’s not true for two-legged runners, and while two legs are not as fast as four, they can keep going a lot longer.

And that’s probably one of the reasons we walk on two legs.

Jarn’s Journal is part of the back story of my Science fiction universe. For a longer version of today’s post see my main blog; for all of Jarn’s story to date check my author site. For other science fiction and fantasy snippets (10 sentences or less) go to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday site.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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4 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 5 Day 85 #SFFSat

  1. jccassels says:

    As always, I love Jarn’s perspective on things!

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