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The Family Tree of the Naked Ape

THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

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Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.


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Comment by Doone on October 2, 2017 at 6:17pm

We live in a great time for Naked Ape research...  “Homo sapiens did not originate in one place in Africa, but might have evolved from older forms in several places on the continent with gene flow between groups from different places”, says Carina Schlebusch.

Comment by Doone on October 2, 2017 at 6:15pm

Modern humans emerged up to 350,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought

Comment by Mrs.B on October 2, 2017 at 4:11pm

Some legacy!

Comment by Stephen on October 2, 2017 at 1:27pm

Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Cast of a P. boisei skull, used for teaching at Cambridge University Credit: Louise Walsh

Comment by Stephen on September 9, 2017 at 7:24pm

Yea and they could be reading too much into these foot prints. But like you say we are learning more about our ancestry all the time

Comment by Mrs.B on September 9, 2017 at 6:46pm

It certainly says the search will never stop, & none of it will ever be completely known. There will always be a new discovery..

Comment by Stephen on September 9, 2017 at 6:36pm

© Independent Human evolution

© Independent Human evolution

Established story about how humans came from Africa may be wrong, claims controversial new study

The belief that humans came out of Africa millions of years ago is widely believed. But it might be about to be entirely re-written, according to the authors of a new study.

They claim to have found a footprint in Crete that could change the narrative of early human evolution, suggesting that our ancestors were in modern Europe far earlier than we ever thought.

The accepted story of the human lineage has been largely set since researchers found fossils of our early ancestors in South and East Africa, in the middle of the 20th century. Later discoveries appeared to suggest that those that followed remained isolated in Africa for millions of years before finally moving out and into Europe and Asia.

But the new discovery of a footprint that appears to have belonged to a human that trod down in Crete 5.7 million years ago challenges that story. Humans may have left and been exploring other continents including Europe far earlier than we knew.

"This discovery challenges the established narrative of early human evolution head-on and is likely to generate a lot of debate," said Professor Per Ahlberg, who was an author on the study. "Whether the human origins research community will accept fossil footprints as conclusive evidence of the presence of hominins in the Miocene of Crete remains to be seen."

The study looked at the characteristics of the footprint, in particular examining its toes. It found that the footprint didn't have claws, walked on two feet and had inner toes that went out further than its outer ones.

All of that led them to conclude that the foot appeared to belong to our early human ancestors, who could have been walking around Europe at an early time than we ever knew.

They also make clear that the owner of the footprint and their species could have developed the same traits separately from those in Africa.

At the time the footprint was made, the Sahara Desert didn't exist and lush, savannah-like environments went all the way from North Africa to the eastern Mediterranean, and Crete hadn't yet detached from the Greek mainland. All of that makes it easier to see how those early hominins made their way to the island.

But the journey might not run into problems. Mark Maslin from University College London told The Times that while the discovery supports the idea that our ancestors used their new found bipedalism to walk into modern Europe, the absence of evidence for later humans could suggest that the journey "may not have ended well".

Comment by Doone on September 7, 2017 at 10:55pm

Rethinking the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa (2015) Huw Groucutt et al

Comment by Suzanna on September 7, 2017 at 1:59pm

That's exciting. Yes they're a funny looking bunch.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 6, 2017 at 5:54pm

Their gawd of course, the one on the lower left is the skeptic.


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