For years anthropologists were uncertain as to whether or not modern Homo Sapiens interbred with their close evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals and the Denisovans. Sequencing of the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes have shown that these liaisons did indeed take place. Surprisingly, interbreeding with the two different species of hominids bestowed modern humans with helpful immune system genes.
I have come to the conclusion that anybody looking to do a great anthropological survey of abnormal behavior need only look towards this area and how the people are affected by the loss of electricity. A commodity that has really only been available to most Americans for about a century has become such a part of our lives, that some people are about to lose themselves not having it for less than a week. Strange how we can’t seem to live with something that a significant portion of the world still doesn’t have…
After reading The Birth of Religion an article in the National Geographic. I’m wondering if civilization is driven by ecological forces or that civilization is a product of the human mind…?
I searched but unfortunately never found the author of this quote. It caught my eye while looking at some anthropology websites and thought I would share it.
“The remarkable thing about man is not that he is an ‘upright’ ape, but that he ‘stands’ for some things and not for others.”
One of the reasons I liked it so much was that it plays with words to talk about something we all take for granted. In life we have the option. That’s it. We have the choice. We are able to have our own opinion and make decisions. It may seem simple but it is a great gift that we can use our intellect and “stand” for whatever we choose.