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.
Tutsi Men Vs Javier Sotomayor
For Rwandan Tutsi men of the 19th century, jumping your own weight was the only way to measure up to society as a man. On average a Tutsi man jumped anywhere from 2 to 2.52 meters without any kind of training. With today's training they could have probably achieved a 3 meter jump. Fortunately, modern day high jumper Javier Sotomayor doesn't have to feel too bad. In 1993 he broke a world record by jumping 2.45 meters.
Australopithecus VS Wladimir Klitschko
The average Australopithecus had 4 times as much muscular strength as a human and could lift up to 600 lbs. Australopithecus also had enhanced speed and agility. This made them far more superior to world heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, despite having a 60 centimeter height advantage.
Native Americans Vs Yiannis Kouros
The Mojave Native Americans of the late 19th century burned 17k calories in 24 hours playing kickball all day in their bare feet. So he most certainly would have vested Greek athlete Yiannis Kouros who only managed to run 189 miles per hour in 24 hours back in 1997.
Mongol Archers Vs Viktor Ruban
Mongol Archers were said to be the best bowmen. One hit a target as far as 1,759 feet away. But it's not surprising given that they trained 80 hours a week since the tender age of 2. They also learned to shoot while riding horses. Modern day Olympic archers like Ukrainian Olympic competitor Viktor Ruban used carbon-fiber recurve bows and even then his 5 arrows only hit the bullseye from 230 feet away.
Ancient Australians Vs Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt may be the world's fastest man after running 26 mph and breaking the 100 meter race's world record at the Beijing Olympics. But 20,000-year-old fossilized tracks from Australia suggest that people in that region could run up 23 mph barefoot in the soft mud thanks to leg bones that were 40 percent stronger and denser. If they'd been given today's athletic shoes, they could run anywhere from 28 mph to 39 mph.