Could the information about the present hunter gatherer societies be used to understand the past societies?

Dear Student,

Yes, the information about present day hunter gatherers can be used to understand past hunter-gatherer societies. 

1. By looking at present day hunting and gathering societies, we can understand some aspects of the social structure of past such societies. For example, we can understand how hunter-gatherer societies maintain impressive levels of egalitarianism.

2. We can understand how past hunter-gatherer societies interacted with nature and maintained a balance with the environment. It is important that hunter-gatherer societies, both past and present, do not hunt animals to extinction. Hence, maintaining an ecological balance is important. 

3. We can also understand certain norms like how food was shared among past hunter-gatherer societies by looking at such norms among present hunter-gatherer societies.


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