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1 jaunte  Thu, Jun 30, 2011 8:37:23pm

Nice to see the survivors of the Ohcrapeagle here, posting pages.

Perhaps the clearest indication of just how important predation, and predation by birds in particular, is in primate evolution comes from the lexicon of monkeys. Monkeys have distinct calls for different predators. Those terms include, “cat,” “snake” and, to paraphrase, “oh crap, eagle.” “Ohcrapeagle” may well have been one of the first human words.
2 freetoken  Thu, Jun 30, 2011 8:38:24pm

Why aren’t dinosaurs on the list? Didn’t you ever see Jurassic Park? Before The Flood dinos would have been humans worst competitors!!!

3 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jun 30, 2011 8:45:33pm

re: #1 jaunte

re: #2 freetoken

LOL!

4 kreyagg  Thu, Jun 30, 2011 9:10:54pm

Missing tag: “Damn Nature, You Scary!”

Excellent article.

5 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jun 30, 2011 9:25:49pm

re: #4 kreyagg

Missing tag: “Damn Nature, You Scary!”

Fixed, but had to take out the comma. ;o)

Excellent article.

Thanks. It was a fun/scary read.

6 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 3:30:26am

This is why the refinement of binocular vision and highly articulated forelimbs, hands and arms, were such crucial evolutionary developments. The ability to throw rocks and wield sharp sticks was a real boost to survival. This process has never ceased and has now reached such a level that it is the fierce biological predators who fear us, and rightly so.

7 CuriousLurker  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:05:08am

re: #6 Shiplord Kirel

This is why the refinement of binocular vision and highly articulated forelimbs, hands and arms, were such crucial evolutionary developments. The ability to throw rocks and wield sharp sticks was a real boost to survival. This process has never ceased and has now reached such a level that it is the fierce biological predators who fear us, and rightly so.

Do you ever wonder, “why us?” I mean why, out of all the creatures, were we so phenomenally successful in such a relatively short period of time that we came to dominate all the other creatures?

Of course, I say “successful” but I guess that remains to be seen, doesn’t it? We’re rapidly destroying our planet, we’re not exactly doing that great a job of getting along with each other, and we have the capability to wipe ourselves out with the weapons we’ve invented….add to that that we’ve been reproducing at an alarming rate that threatens to make resources scarce, and we might not be doing all that great after all.

Oh jeez, I just had an awful thought: On an evolutionary timeline our measly couple of hundred thousand years as “modern” humans hogging the spotlight makes us like…what? The Sarah Palin of evolution?

*gasp, choke, whimper…nooo, please*

8 Decatur Deb  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:09:58am

re: #7 CuriousLurker

Do you ever wonder, “why us?” I mean why, out of all the creatures, were we so phenomenally successful in such a relatively short period of time that we came to dominate all the other creatures?

Of course, I say “successful” but I guess that remains to be seen, doesn’t it? We’re rapidly destroying our planet, we’re not exactly doing that great a job of getting along with each other, and we have the capability to wipe ourselves out with the weapons we’ve invented…add to that that we’ve been reproducing at an alarming rate that threatens to make resources scarce, and we might not be doing all that great after all.

Oh jeez, I just had an awful thought: On an evolutionary timeline our measly couple of hundred thousand years as “modern” humans hogging the spotlight makes us like…what? The Sarah Palin of evolution?

*gasp, choke, whimper…nooo, please*

Evolution tried out lots of “us’s”. We are just the “us” that worked best in the critical early environments. If some other offspring of Ramapithecus had been better at the right mix of things, they’d be the ones making dick jokes here.

9 CuriousLurker  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:23:11am

re: #8 Decatur Deb

Evolution tried out lots of “us’s”. We are just the “us” that worked best in the critical early environments. If some other offspring of Ramapithecus had been better at the right mix of things, they’d be the ones making dick jokes here.

That makes sense. Except for the part where we go through all those changes, fighting & clawing our way to the top of the heap so we can…relax and sit around telling dick jokes. *groan, headdesk*
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10 Decatur Deb  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:35:08am

re: #9 CuriousLurker

That makes sense. Except for the part where we go through all those changes, fighting & clawing our way to the top of the heap so we can…relax and sit around telling dick jokes. *groan, headdesk*
/

Alternately, an Intelligent Designer gave us the proper hyoidal apparatus just so we could sit around the cave and tell dick jokes.

[Link: sjohn30.tripod.com…]

11 CuriousLurker  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:52:18am

re: #10 Decatur Deb

Alternately, an Intelligent Designer gave us the proper hyoidal apparatus just so we could sit around the cave and tell dick jokes.

[Link: sjohn30.tripod.com…]

LOL, good point!

12 Decatur Deb  Fri, Jul 1, 2011 8:06:41am

Looks like Ramapithecus has been disowned since I was in school—tricksy paleoanthropologists.

[Link: en.wikipedia.org…]


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