Social Question

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What were some injuries and conditions that were fatal, and not fatal to cavemen?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24656points) May 14th, 2023

4,000 BC and further into the past?

Like a broken finger vs. a broken leg?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

18 Answers

kritiper's avatar

As with any time before antibiotics were invented, something as simple as a cut or sliver could be fatal.

Brian1946's avatar

Neither airplane nor automobile crashes were fatal to the cave people. ;)

LadyMarissa's avatar

I would imagine that any cut or scrape that became infected could have been fatal. That is unless they were smart enough to create their own cures. There are all kinds of all-natural cures that used to be available that we’ve lost the ability to create!!! Actually, we may still have the ability, but we’ve lost the knowledge.

Forever_Free's avatar

Mass shooting were not a thing back then. Proof again that we need gun control.

zenvelo's avatar

Impalement on a mastodon tusk was generally fatal.

gorillapaws's avatar

Pregnancy was rough. so was infancy. I know in Ancient Rome they didn’t name male infants for several weeks (possibly months?) because of the higher rates of death. I can only imagine how much more extreme the risks would have been for the Flintstones.

kritiper's avatar

As a follow up to @gorillapaws :
In ancient Rome, a baby had a 36% chance of dying before age 1. Life expectancy was 42.

smudges's avatar

Cavity——> abscess——> brain/blood infection——> death

zenvelo's avatar

Sleeping on the ground, using a rock for a pillow, was not fatal, but wasn’t much fun.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Fossil records indicate that “Cavemen” had excellent teeth and did not need orthodontics to keep them straight. They grew that way naturally. Cavemen teeth

flutherother's avatar

Being stood on by a Tyrannosaurus Rex – fatal
Getting scratched by a jaggie bush – probably non fatal

Brian1946's avatar


No paleolithic human ever even encountered a T Rex, or were you being facetious?

NoMore's avatar

Dinosaurs had gone extinct millions of years prior to this era.

flutherother's avatar

@Brian1946 Well it is in social but maybe I should have said being stood on by a T Rex was never fatal to cave men but being scratched by a thorn in those pre antibiotic times might have been.

RocketGuy's avatar

So Flinstones were fictional? Actually, in the Creation Museum in KY they have a diorama showing cave people with dinosaurs. Hmm.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

^^^^ Yup brought by . . . . ! ^^^^

Someone with a fourth grade education but a LOT OF FAITH !

NoMore's avatar

If they want to believe dinos and prehistoric people coexisted then let them. No skin off my ass. That’s what’s wrong with this country today, we all want to force our own views and beliefs on other people. I mean I’m in agreement with @Tropical_Willie on this issue not if people want to display their little diorama I suspect the world will continue spin. Just my two cents.

RocketGuy's avatar

They can believe what they want, but if the wrong belief points them in the wrong direction for public activities then that’s a problem.

Answer this question




to answer.
Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther