posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 06:00 PM
This actually could account for a missing evolutionary link. The one thing that set us apart.
It has been shown in past tests and cases that groups of primates who undergo a massive generational change (80%+ of the generation), will retain that
change within the future. A prime example was in the news paper a month or two ago..
It was about two groups of baboons, located on either side of a garbage dump. They were both interested in a shipment of tossed meat, and got into a
fight over it. The winning side had many large, agressive males, and they ended up getting all the meat they could take. Now, traditionally, Baboons
can be quite abusive. They bully and hurt younger and female baboons, to retain fear, to hold rank, and rarely fight those equal to themselves. After
the baboons got this meat, only the dominant males got to eat - it was thrown out because it had gone bad, and they all died.
Now, for the last 10 years or so, the group has been dominated by males who do not harm the young and the females, and the females seem to carry the
power now. As new baboons are born or wander into the group, they learn of this new structure somehow, and end up fitting in. The males still
frequently fight each other, but now more commonly on an equal footing for real rank, as opposed to bullying. It was very interesting to read.
Okay. So, if this chimp decided to stand upright because of an ailment to the stomach, then we have a probable development of upright humans in only
select areas. If a stomach virus were travelling around a localised area long ago, then 4-5 entire 'clans' of our predecessors could have been
seriously weakened temporarily, but then all those that survived ended up standing upright instead of alternating. Now you have 3-400 primates, in
separate groups with their own cultures, all standing upright, and continuing the tradition. A primate wanders in, and is taught to stand instead of
to crouch, just as its higher ranking fellows do. For centuries these expand, and, lets' suppose that the upright stance is advanageous - they could
overtake and 'civilise' other groups.
As time went by, tradition would turn to instinct. The apes would gradually develop a bodily structure more suited to standing. As they stopped
walking on their knuckles, they would have developed new uses for them, other than twigs to get ants, they could have picked things up to hit other
apes with, they could have gained a different sense of balance, one that didn't necessitate a tail.
The lifestyle of such a group would soon become vastly different from that of the others - they would no longer be able to run from tree to tree as
they once had, they would no longer be able to do so many things, and they would then gain other methods of compensation, like weapons, stealth, etc..
that could have outcompensated and sent the developing 'Humanity' into an upward spiral.
Such a drastic change, if large enough, could actually, literally, make natural evolution millions of times more probable. Instead of an ape becoming
a man in 5 million years, it would be a massive group of upright apes, developing differently - this is amazing to say the least. Who'd have known...