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Apes R Not Us, and we have to get used to it


In a beautifully written article in the New Yorker, Ian Parker describes how he shared the hot, damp work of studying the elusive bonobo (lesser chimpanzee) – long lauded as sexy and peaceful – with one of the only people in the world who actually knows much about them in the wilds.

Well, people who actually studied the “hippie ape”, came away with a different view.

UPDATE! Note this update on the most interesting combox discussion that developed overnight.

Those who study hippies note the many resemblances they have with apes. They are hairy, make lots of folk noises, and generally are communal in organization? Speaking of apes, and our "obviously" common form with them (it does kinda beg the question), why would the Creator deign to make us have the same number of hairs, and 98% common DNA, similar physiology and immuno-responses--albeit smaller hairs--and similar menstral cycels, et al, with our chimp animal friends? I have never heard a good answer to that except that maybe some people need to shave and bath more often. Now I hear tale (just tale, so far) that some organizations want to make a broader "hominid rights" clause or set of clauses in dealing with our animal pals. According to these zoologists the chief difference in humans and chimps being culture. Hmmm. On the lighter side, it seems humans walk for....energy efficiency's sake. Seems that bipedal locomotion is more efficient for the human-hominid body form than walking on all fours. This is also true of chimps, unknown apparently to THEM. But still, Al Gore now gets one more bullet in his revolver in claiming--a la PZ Meyers style--that those who oppose energy efficiency are, well....knuckle draggers..... See also: http://tech.msn.com/news/articlecnet.aspx?cp-documentid=5200757&GT1=10240 Wakefield Tolbert
Those who study hippies note the many resemblances they have with apes. tribune7

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