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Subsistence: A Guide for the Modern Hunter Gatherer A complete, concise guide to living off the land in central Texas utilizing every modern and legal technique. Although there are many "survival" books in print, most focus on hypothetical situations and the use of primitive techniques that take years to master and are often illegal. This book is unique in that it provides all of the information that one needs to begin supplementing diet and income.

This book focuses on a very specific region—Central Texas. Although nomadic, foragers are strongly tied to their respective bioregions and focus exclusively on them. While other books may list hundreds of edible plants and animals, the modern subsistence hunter is left to guess at which would be the most profitable to pursue. This book attempts to remedy that problem by including estimates of whole caloric values of all species and including only those which are abundant enough to serve as high-calorie, high protein staples.

Primal: A Guide to Living the Caveman Life

If you’re gonna go primitive, you might as well go all the way . . . to the Pleistocene! 

This humorous field guide describes how our earliest ancestors survived the onslaught of ice ages and mastodons with nothing more than rocks, sticks, a little spit ’n glue, brute caveman strength and a few rowdy relatives!


Trotlines: Artisanal Longlining for Food and Profit

Detailed, illustrated guide on how to build and use trotlines of commercial longline quality and durability to harvest fish in large numbers for dinner and sale.

Savage Eden: A Screenplay: Veiðifrejya, The Lioness

High in the present-day Caucasus mountains, a tiny family of hominids ekes out an arduous but paradoxically idyllic existence. When they are finally discovered, all are killed save for a young girl who escapes deeper into the forest and transforms into an apex predator. After years of solitary living, she finds a companion and mate in a runaway autistic boy. As they follow the rounds of the seasons, they are oblivious to their peril until they are caught between the lines of the human armies enveloping their mountains on the eve of global nuclear war.

Recommended Reading

While we strongly encourage the first-hand observation of the animal world, we recognize that many people live in cities, are isolated from other animals, and may never have the opportunity to meet our closest living relatives face-to-face. We highly recommend the following accounts of animal societies, but warn the reader that some civilized memes may be present. The first four books are first-hand academic accounts of chimpanzee and gorilla societies, while the final four are introductions to intelligence and learning processes of a wide variety of nonhuman species and Neandertals.

Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior

Jane Goodall, 1986

A comprehensive, up-to-date account of the renowned scientist's quarter-century field study of chimpanzees details their distinct personalities, their complex society, and surprising behavioral findings.

Gorillas in the Mist

Diane Fossey, 1983

Dr. Dian Fossey, the world authority on the endangered mountain gorilla, combines her riveting personal adventure story with fascinating scientific reporting in this landmark book on the greatest of the great apes. Gorillas in the Mist documents one of the longest field studies of primates, as it covers fifteen years, four gorilla families and three generations in the remote rain forests of the volcanic Virunga Mountains.

Peacemaking Among Primates

Frans de Waal, 1990

Without denying our heritage of aggressive behavior, Frans de Waal describes powerful checks and balances in the makeup of our closest animal relatives, and in so doing he shows that to humans making peace is as natural as making war.

Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes

Frans de Waal, 1990

The great apes, like humans, can recognize themselves in mirrors. They communicate by sound and gesture, form bands along what can only be called political lines, and sometimes engage in what is very clearly organized warfare. (Less frequently, too, they practice cannibalism.) In Chimpanzee Politics Frans de Waal, a longtime student of simian behavior, analyzes the behavior of a captive tribe of chimpanzees, comparing its actions with those of ape societies in the wild. What he finds is often not pleasant: chimps seem capable of astonishing deviousness and savagery, which has obvious implications for the behavior their human cousins sometimes exhibit. 

Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild

Susan McCarthy, 2005

True stories backed by scientific research explore the way young animals discover their worlds and learn how to survive.How does a baby animal figure out how to get around in the world? How much of what animals know is instinctive, and how much must they learn?

Inside the Animal Mind: A Groundbreaking Exploration of Animal Intelligence

George Page, 2001

While in the past scientists have refused to acknowledge that animals have anything like human intelligence, a growing body of research reveals otherwise. We’ve discovered ants that use leaves as tools to cross bodies of water, woodpecker finches that hold twigs in their beaks to dig for grubs, and bonobo apes that can use sticks to knock down fruit or pole-vault over water. Not only do animals use tools–some also display an ability to learn and problem-solve.

How to Think Like a Neandertal

Thomas Wynn, Frederick L. Coolidge, 2011

An archaeologist and psychologist team up to provide a brilliant account of the mental life of Neandertals, drawing on the most recent fossil and archaeological remains.

A View to a Kill: Investigating Middle Palaeolithic Subsistence Using an Optimal Foraging Perspective

G. L. Dusseldorp, 2008

This book presents a study on Neanderthal foraging prowess. Novel ethnographic and primatological insights suggest that increasing dependence on high quality foods, such as meat, caused the brain to evolve to a large size and thus led to highly intelligent hominins. From this baseline, the author studies the Neanderthal archaeological record in order to gain insight into the knowledge-intensity of Neanderthal hunting behavior.