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The story of our ancestors The story of our ancestors
by Joseph Gatt
2021-02-11 11:18:08
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The way I imagine things goes like this.

Our first ancestors were cells that evolved somewhere in an ocean very near to the shores or coasts. That is, our ancestor cells formed near the shores, in the ocean.

Our ancestors’ cells evolved into a tadpole-like state. Then they grew up to evolve to a frog-like state, with legs and arms (or membranes).

Our frog-like ancestors then evolved into building the ability of living both in the ocean and on the shores.

Our frog-like ancestors then decided that they were more comfortable living exclusively on the shores, perhaps occasionally diving to eat some raw fish, otherwise feeding on insects and plants.

stoag0001_400Our frog-like ancestors then perfected the art of hunting for fish and insects, and plants. Their bodies grew from around 1 foot tall to around 2 or 3 feet tall.

So our frog-like ancestors were well fed, had a larger built. They developed longer legs and longer arms, and something of a curved body. They became something of a naked ape.

But our naked-ape ancestors then had to develop fur to fight the cold and protect themselves from jelly fish stings, prickly roses and other spikes and insect stings and bites.

Our ape-like ancestors then fed rather well and grew to approximately 3 or 4 feet tall. Their arms and legs grew longer, they could walk faster (our frog and naked-ape like ancestors walked rather slowly) and our ape-like ancestors could climb trees and walk around bumpy roads.

I was going to dedicate an entire article to land and geography. But I'll just say that naturally, our flat roads are the fruit of human genius, and demanded years of digging and flattening the land to get the flat roads cars can drive in. Originally, roads were and still are full of clay, dust, rocks and prickly and spiky weeds, and it was originally very difficult to walk from one part of earth to another without getting blisters in your feet.

So our ape-like ancestors had the dexterity to walk around the bumpy roads.

Then, our ape-like ancestors discovered caves. Caves are an important discovery, just as the wheel was an important discovery.

Caves keep you fresh in the summer, and if you light a fire, they keep you warm in the winter. So caves were the first abodes.

Once our ancestors discovered caves, they got peaceful and quiet sleep. They started living in close-knit social settings (archeology shows that our ape-like ancestors tended to be loners). And that meant hunting and fishing together. And that meant eating together.

So good nutrition meant the bodies grew to be straight, to the backs to straighten up, and to our ancestors to walk straight.

Language probably evolved in the caves, as our ancestors now lived in groups and had to communicate and agree on where to go hunting, where to go fishing, where to gather fruits and plants and so on.

So much has been said about cave paintings. Cave paintings or engravings were probably mere decoration, the equivalent of putting a painting in your living room or a picture on your desk. Some have suggested that cave paintings had religious connotations or mystical symbolism. To me, that's probably not what it was. It probably was just the husband or the wife engraving a bison or a deer for decorative purposes.

Then our ancestors eventually developed dexterity and started using tools. First tools were clay tools (I find it said that historians don't discuss something I like to call the “clay age” before the Bronze Age and the Iron Age). That is, after the Stone Age, and before bronze and iron ages, the first tools were probably made of clay, as in clay pottery. The first types of furniture like tables and chairs were also probably made of clay. And the first weapons were probably made of wood or stone, but our ancestors also probably tried their luck making weapons with clay.

Then you of course had the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and that was the birth of agriculture.

My hypothesis is that we are all descendents of agrarian societies from the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates, Ganges and the Chinese rivers. Some say that we lived simultaneously with nomads scattered around the world, but the nomads were probably a different breed of human beings, and were more ape-like in their demeanor, and probably did not master language.

My hypothesis goes like this. Our ancestors probably evolved in the shores of present-day South Africa. Then gradually moved and found the Nile. Then mastered agriculture. Then each time there was a famine or natural disaster, our ancestors moved around looking for other sources of water to cultivate land. That's how our ancestors gradually scattered around the Mediterranean, then to the Tigris and Euphrates. Then there were famines or natural disasters in the Tigris and Euphrates, so those victims tried their luck and found the Ganges and the Chinese rivers.

Then a famine or natural disaster around the Chinese rivers and our ancestors moved East, crossed the Bering straight, and found America.

That's the story of humanity on one leg. I'll give a more complete picture when I investigate this further. Hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing this.


    
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