PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Roux de boy
 
Comments: 27
Article views: 1210
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Roux de boy's badges.
 

The animal inside of us all

20 February 2014, 14:22
Ignorance is merely a product of extreme laziness. If you do not want to know, you will never know. The Internet provides a platform, one that is so powerful and vast that it literally takes a few seconds to research anything you have ever wanted to know. Do not suffer from cognitive dissonance merely because the answers you will get are contradictory to a previously held belief. Beliefs are superficial and account only for your personal lack of understanding, if you want to learn you must ready yourself to adapt accordingly to the body of evidence presented.


I have heard the claim now many times that, “Man is not an animal”. And I am terribly sorry to disappoint such a naïve statement, but we are. We are not “special” or distinct from our animal friends; we are as much a part of them as they are a part of us. Primates diverged from other mammal’s nearly 85-million years ago (Late Cretaceous Period). The family Hominidae diverged from from the Hylobatidae (Gibbon) family 15-20-million years ago, and around 14-million years ago, the Ponginae (orangutans), diverged from the Hominidae family. The gorilla and chimpanzee diverged around the same time, about 4-6 million years ago and the earliest documented members of the genus Homo evolved around 2.3-million years ago. [1]


This all means nothing to those who do not understand it, so I decided to make it a little easier and illustrate with pictures:
Baby Orangutan: http://www.funwallz.com/image/baby-orangutan-angela-drsun-hd-wallpaper-52202.jpg
Shaved Chimpanzee: http://colonyofcommodus.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/bald-chimpanzee.jpg
Shaved Gorilla: http://i.imgur.com/USMAJSL.jpg
Muscle anatomy of a Gorilla: http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/bodyworlds_gorilla_02_350x450.jpg
Ape Family Skeletons: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Ape_skeletons.png


Hanno the Navigator: “At the terminus of Hanno's voyage, the explorer found an island heavily populated with what were described as hirsute and savage people. Attempts to capture the males failed, but three of the females were taken. These were so ferocious that they were killed, and their skins preserved for transport home to Carthage. The interpreters called them gorillae, and when European explorers first encountered gorillas in the 19th century, the apes were given this name on the assumption that they were the "people" Hanno described."


Koko the signing Gorilla: “Koko (born July 4, 1971) is a female gorilla who, according to Francine "Penny" Patterson, her long-term trainer, is able to understand more than 1,000 signs based on American Sign Language, and understand approximately 2,000 words of spoken English. Although not unique, Koko is one of the few non-humans known to keep pets. Researchers at the Gorilla Foundation said that Koko asked for a cat for Christmas in 1983. Ron Cohn, a biologist with the foundation, explained to the Los Angeles Times that when she was given a life-like stuffed animal, she was less than satisfied. She didn't play with it and continued to sign "sad".


The list goes on and on, besides the obvious disciplines of Science illuminating the truth of our History and lineage it remains a sticking point for those too lazy to research the facts for themselves.


Ask yourself, what is more of a logical approach to this all: Accept that we share common ancestors with all of life, or alternatively Man was made from dust and Woman from the Rib of a Man? Many would say that it is unbelievable that “we came from a tiny little organism that evolved into such complex life forms”, yet is that not what occurs within the womb?


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
27 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Puff
Bloodlust

This man had a mother. A father. He was perhaps a brother, a friend, a lover. This man had a purpose. He had a dream. He had a life. He had laughter and love and hope waiting for him. Read more...

1 comments 159 views
Submitted by
Andre Colling
The Saudis, Iran, Yemen and a bad...

Many conclude that Yemen is yet another step towards the cataclysmic sectarian war and , quite possibly, the trigger that leads the region to this ultimate battle. I, for one, can find no reason not to hold a similar position. Read more...

1 comments 191 views
Submitted by
Elaine Bing
Roots of xenophobia and genocide

We don’t want to live in a country that harms others and we need to all take on the responsibility of preventing further violence. Read more...

8 comments 99 views
Submitted by
AfricaMusings
The past month and what it (possi...

The shocking and quite frankly disturbing news coming out of South Africa recently cuts deep. Xenophobia has reared its ugly head again. Read more...

3 comments 721 views
Submitted by
Seun wa Moutse
The Poor people keep on voting AN...

Again, another person who is more than happy with poverty, lack of jobs, diabolical education system and zero service delivery with zero accountability. Read more...

6 comments 365 views
Submitted by
Sesi Xvi
SA economy not as big as we think...

During the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki's time SA was number 1 economy in Africa. Today, however, our economy is not as big as we think.  Read more...

4 comments 717 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.