Spotted hyena as shadow-self


Kevin Richardson with hyenas

Crocuta crocuta & Homo sapiens photo © Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson with Hyena

Crocuta crocuta & Homo sapiens photo © Kevin Richardson


The human species resembles the spotted hyena in having a society combining sexism and classism. Indeed, the spotted hyena is exceptional among carnivores in this way, suggesting convergent evolution with humans. Given this affinity and the fact that, for much of human evolution, the spotted hyena was a major competitor for our favourite foods, the general antipathy towards the spotted hyena may perversely have its psychological roots in denial of the similarities.


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016



Crocuta crocuta & Homo sapiens