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Is there such a thing as MEN-opause? New research shows that both women AND men have biological clocks that start ticking when they reach their mid-30s. And was early man a mighty hunter? Turns out he was more of a sneaky scavenger.

Hunting big game is a traditionally masculine thing to do, but despite popular theories to the contrary, early humans evolved not as aggressive hunters, but as prey of many predators. Researcher Robert W. Sussman says, "Humans are no more born to be hunters than to be gardeners?early man was not a hunter, but was a scavenger instead?Very little of early human's diet came from meat."Sussman thinks that primates have been prey for millions of years, a fact that greatly influenced the evolution of early man. He says that early man did not have the capacity to detoxify rotting meat or the ability to chase off competing animal scavengers.

Prehistoric man did not live long enough to experience "the change," but researchers have discovered that a man's chance of siring a child is lower if he?s over 35, and pregnancies that involve older fathers more often end in miscarriage. In BBC News, Caroline Parkinson quotes fertility expert Allan Pacey as saying, "This study reinforces the message that men aren't excused from reproductive aging."

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