Humanoids lost their pelts and began growing less sparse body hair shortly after we learned to use fire and build shelter. The bone structure that allows us to walk upright developed before we began using more complex tools, but we first learned to hit things with rocks and sticks before we walked upright. Would we still have lost our pelts without the fire? Would we still have figured out how to throw a pointed stick if we'd never learned to walk on two legs? Without technology, would we ever have become homo sapiens (technology in it's real definition - the use of tools and complex processes, not just things with batteries and lights) or would we still be running around a step removed from chimps?
Yes, this falls under belief, not religion - they really need to fix that name.
Answer by sati769leigh at 1:30 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by Gal51 at 1:57 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 2:02 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
One way too look at it is to look at the diversity of tools. As Hominids developed larger brain cases (and theoretically more smarts) we adapted our environment to meet our needs. There are many animals that use tools in the sense of technology but it is the Hominid that has advanced and adapted tool use to allow them to exist and even thrive in just about every environment on this planet. I have never seen the loss of pelt and use of fire postulated quite like that before so I will have to review some of my older physical anthro stuff (I don't use it much so I do forget details)
Answer by emptynstr at 3:43 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
It's a great question, and we will never knew the answer but it's really interesting. Was there one invention or discovery that set us on the path of becoming the humans we see today? We don't know.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:22 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by soyousay at 4:50 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by Laura2U at 4:56 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by MamaK88 at 4:39 PM on Sep. 7, 2010