Last night I was watching the world strongest man competition, I noticed most of the elite athletes are from Europe, and they are all of anglo race. They are extremely genetically unique, all are large and powerful, and wondered how will they measure up with one of our closest primate.
Almost all the athletes are well over six foot tall, and weighed over 350 lbs, they were twice the size as an average person. One of the largest is Hafþór Björnsson, an Icelandic athlete, standing close to seven feet, and weighing over 400 lbs ! Only our closest primate comes close to matching this impressive size, a silver-back gorilla.
Let’s imagine if we had neanderthals, and erectus still alive, we probably would have a similar strongest ‘hominid’ competition, no doubt the neanderthals would have won. However this also depends on the ‘type’ of activities to measure ‘strength’, because it will be difficult to measure for each body type, some activities will favor long arms whereas other activities the reverse. In a similar way, it’s unfair to match up an elite athlete with either a captive or wild gorilla, simply because the animal isn’t professionally trained to carry out those tasks.
A gorilla is naturally very muscular, even captive gorillas look like they are body builders, an average person will not be bulging muscles, without a specific work ethic. In some way, a wild gorilla that has proper nutrition, and has enough physical tasks in the wild, can be tested for strength with a professional human.
Competitors in the competition are all very large but without professional training, nutrition, motivation, can they measure up with our large primates, most probably not. However, this should have been tested years ago, scientists, entertainers should have envisioned it before.