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Domestication of animals helped humanity thrive.

A new theory coming out of Pennsylvania State University suggests that the interaction between animals and humans played a key role in the evolution of humanity.  Penn State anthropologist Pat Shipman has just published her paper "The Animal Connection And Human Evolution" in the latest edition of Current Anthropology

Her research introduces the idea that the domestication of animals drove the development of tool-making and language, both of which have driven the success of mankind, according to Physorg

"Establishing an intimate connection to other animals is unique and universal to our species," said Shipman. Shipman indicates that the animal connection had a major influence on human evolution, genetics, and behavior.
 
While Shipman acknowledges that there is an increasingly intimate and reciprocal set of interactions between animals and humans -- interactions that compel humans to adopt animals as pets -- she states that the it all began when humans began observing and exploiting animals.    

After watching animals and observing their habits, more than 2 million years ago, humans switched from a vegetarian diet to a meat-based diet.  Shipman said this happened because humans invented stone hunting tools that enabled them to compete with other predators, according to
 Thaindian News

"We shortcut the evolutionary process,” said Shipman. “We don’t have the equipment to be carnivores."

Animals were then domesticated as an extension of tool-making.  Shipman described domesticated animals as living tools that also provided valuable renewable resources.

Domesticated animals were utilized for their muscular power beyond human strength, use as transport and for raw materials. Managing these living tools required some way to express and retain this information and out of that need, the development of languages were formed.

Shipman hypothesizes that this animal connection, "gave a selective advantage to humans who had better abilities to observe, draw conclusions, communicate, and to make a new sort of living tool."

Shipman is also in the process of developing a book on her findings called "The Animal Connection".



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Yet more Religious Speculation
By sapiens74 on 8/11/2010 3:41:38 PM , Rating: -1
Enough with religious articles. Can we stick with Tech stuff?




RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By Hare on 8/11/2010 4:12:46 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't see anything related to religion...


RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By Quadrillity on 8/11/10, Rating: 0
RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By clovell on 8/11/2010 5:13:11 PM , Rating: 2
Have you even glimpsed at either the full text or the abstract?


RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By mindless1 on 8/11/2010 8:18:15 PM , Rating: 3
I'd bump your rating but I already posted.

Yes, this is all nothing more than subjective interpretation based guessing, and ridiculously short-sighted to think evolution would not have occurred similarly without domesticated animals (besides livestock we ate).

I can just picture it now... sorry honey, we were going to tear junior to talk but no, we can't, because we don't have a cat.

Did humans use pets to their advantage? Certainly, as well as many many other things which when taken selectively, most of which we could have done without because man is above all else, adaptable to an environment, not committed to a host-parasite relationship except with the planet itself.


By mindless1 on 8/11/2010 8:25:05 PM , Rating: 1
Tear - teach

The way the DT comment system is set up is one of the worst on the internet. DT, PLEASE change it, quit making us preview posts which nobody actually does, and instead let us edit a post for a few minutes after posted.

If the way DT does it were better, that's how most other 'sites would.


RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By ltgrunt on 8/12/2010 8:08:22 AM , Rating: 3
You seem to be a bit confused. This is a science article, not a religion article. You can tell because it's talking about falsifiable scientific theories and not crazy voodoo magic.

Granted, biology isn't really a good fit for a tech news site, but it's important to be accurate with these things.


RE: Yet more Religious Speculation
By MrHanson on 8/12/2010 9:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
These comments really lack any credibility, particularly from the side that claims to have a monopoly on correctly understanding ‘science'. Suggest otherwise and you're automatically labled a religious loon, especially here on daily tech.


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