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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
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