Re: EVOLUTION: The Aquatic Ape
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 12:40:57 -0500 (EST) (Keith Henson) writes:

>I hate to summerize Calvin's work rather
>than have you read it, but it seems that pre humans got along just fine as
>projectile hunters using hand axes thrown discus style into groups of
>animals at water holes/streams for millions of years. It was after humans
>started living up near the ice that Calvin thinks this method would no
>longer work--no waterholes when everything is covered with snow, and
>during part of every winter it was hunt successfully or die since that was
>all there was to eat (grass and animals).

>Calvin argues (very well I
>think) that this is what drove the expansion of the human brain.

However, this doesn't explain our intelligence, as we evolved (from Erectus)
in Sub-Saharan Africa, beyond the reach of the ice sheets. It might explain
Neanderthal intelligence, as I believe they evolved in Europe.