Some of this seems a bit of a stretch. However, based on significant research, we might all consider that the curse of dark skin given to the Lamanites is possibly a metaphor. Many ancient societies used the same terminology, including the ancient Jews!” And as seen in the article below, apparently so did the Mayans. When you read a lot of ancient documents and then read the Book of Mormon as an ancient document, the metaphorical possibility is more viable.
I was also interested in the “beasts of prey” comment.
I will post much more an in depth article on this in the near future.