Could an ancient human beat its modern day counterpart? Author Peter McAllister thinks so and he wrote a book called "Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He used to Be." So when asked what kind of ancient man would beat today's sports athletes, he offered these jaw-dropping comparisons.
Athenian Oarsmen Vs Olympic Rowers
2,500 years ago, Athens was blessed with 200 warships called Trireme and 34,000 rowers. In 427 B.C., one of these warships traveled 211 miles to the Greek Island of Lesbos in 24 hours. Their average speed was 8.7 mph versus a modern day attempt where men could only row at top speeds of 5.6 mph.