mooseyfate: And the elephant has to die. Humans farking suck.
Ishkur: Lsherm: Tools. The minute we figured out we could carry a pointy stick with our opposable thumbs and then stick them into something to kill it, we were gold. Throwing things probably happened concurrently, surely someone noticed if you threw a rock at someone it hurt.There is a big chicken and egg question in anthropology about which came first: opposable thumbs which necessitated a big brain to do creative things with them, or a big brain which wanted free appendages to work all sorts of mischief. I'm liable to think that that the two evolved together and pushed each other: The more we used one necessitated advancement in the other.But tool use isn't that special. Lots of animals use tools. Just look at what crows can do with them. Otters, beavers, primates, octopus, dolphins... they all use tools in one form or another. But none of them can throw. I can't stress enough how much of a ecological game changer that is. We kill at a distance! Think about that.We're the only animal that does that.
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