Why do humans smear their poop sometimes?
May 9, 2009 5:04 PM Subscribe
Why do young children, demented old people and the like smear their poop?
posted by cmoj to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know why I was wondering about this, but I was, so I asked my psychologist/neurophysiologist father, but he didn't know.
We agreed that it has to be something pretty innate because of the state of humans who usually seem to do it. He also mentioned that children usually do it once or so. Is this just because the parent would typically make a big deal about it? If not for cultural pressure, would poop smearing be a pastime we all enjoy?
Wild speculation and actual references welcome.