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The cradle of humanity, according to most research, was the Turkana Basin in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. Today this is a terrifically hot and arid place, but some scientists have argued that during the Pliocene and Pleistocene eras, when humanity was making its first appearance in the area, it must have been cooler and/or more wooded.
But now a crew of researchers headed up by Benjamin Passey of Johns Hopkins University say this isn't so - the Turkana area has always been cruelly hot, generally above 30°C and sometimes above 35°C, for the whole time humanity has existed.
Originally posted by Pixus
reply to post by Mr Tranny
Could you cope with that extreme heat all day though? Running around, hunting, doing whatever it is that primitive man does?
Add the fact that you'd most likely be butt-naked too, no sunscreen, no sunglasses, and that area has very little trees to remain cool under.
'Uncomfortable' is an understatement in that situation.
Originally posted by Mr Tranny
When they make a big announcement out of something so mind numbingly stupid, it usually means one thing. They have an ulterior motive. I have been trying to think of possibilities…….
There is only one thing that comes to mind…..
If humans evolved to tolerate 30C to 35C temps……… Then there is no reason why we should want our air conditioners turned to a lower temp.
I can see it now. An official deceleration by the environmental community. The new mandated set point for air conditioners is 87F. If you set it any lower, then you are being an energy hog.
Our body has evolved to live with that temperature, so anything lower is unnecessary.
But do not fear, they will still want us to keep are heating thermostat set at 65F during the winter.