Study Shows Women May Be Better Natural Hunters than Men

A forthcoming study reinforces the notion that "men are from hunt, women are from gather."

From the story on Boston.com:

The conventional wisdom is that men have better spatial skills, while women have better verbal skills, but a new study offers a more nuanced view. Researchers tracked men and women from a rural village in Mexico as they foraged for mushrooms. Using GPS and activity monitors, the researchers found that men were less efficient--they traveled farther, went higher, and exerted more effort than women for the same amount of mushrooms. Women also collected a greater variety of mushrooms from more sites. This pattern is consistent with the theory that, during the hunter-gatherer period of human evolution, women honed spatial skills needed for gathering while men honed spatial skills needed for hunting.

With our evolutionary nomadic hunter-gatherer days behind us and the modern hunter now confined to a smaller geographical areas, could it be argued that modern women - with their more methodical approach to gathering - have the potential to be better natural hunters than men?