National Geographic : 1997 Feb
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Assignment * EARLY HOMINIDS important high fat food-meat Taking a Taste of and marrow-was in human Prehistory evolution. We might not have grown big brains without it. MUNCHING ON TERMITES to sam- That seems odd in today's 'low pie the hominid diet didn't bug fat' culture." Rick Gore (above, at right) Insect-eating was one more while he was in South Africa lesson in human diversity, Rick with paleoanthropologist Lee says, "which you learn as soon Berger. It was part of the job. "I as you start going overseas on was also interested to learn how assignment." In the course of his 23-year GEOGRAPHIC career, the senior assistant editor has dined on warthog, wildebeest, hippo, a camel's milk potion that made him sick for days, "and intes tines of every kind," he recalls. "My rule of thumb is always to take one bite, except for unfa miliar mushrooms-and slugs." You really do have to draw the line somewhere. UNDER NEW YORK An Underworldly Experience HOW DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH DARKNESS? "With very little light," laughs Bob Sacha, who faced just that prob lem shooting subterranean New York City. "It took a long time to get that underground feeling in the pic tures," he admits. When Bob, a longtime Manhattan resident, would tell friends about his experiences covering this story, they would always ask the same thing: "Are there really alligators in the sewers?" So, in a manhole leading under the World Trade Center (left), he revealed the long-secret location of the city's most famous reptiles. Where are they? "On the shelf in any toy store," Bob says. "If you want to find alli gators in New York's sewers, you're just going to have to bring them down there yourself." TIMWILLIS NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17TH ST.N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688. $25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 ACOPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C.20013.