5/22/2013 4:30pm, #51
In evolutionary time scales the modern Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and South America didn't exist as separate things, and all those land masses were one supercontinent, so whatever pre-Human species lived there that eventually ended up as Homo Sapiens in West Africa spent much of its early evolution on Pangaea (about 100M years worth).
For all we know, we grew fists to help us crack open early cocopineapplegrapefruitnuts, or some other fleshy, tendrilled, spiked monstrosity of a paleozoic melon.
To your point, West Africa was right in the middle of Pangaea so it would make sense whatever evolutionary processes were going on back then, could have been centralized there (West Africa's predecessor was literally the crossroads of the old super continent), which could be why the most advanced species eventually emerged from the remnants of that region and not others.
I think its safe to assume that the fist doesn't predate the hand, so speculating about a rat paw curled into a fist for smashing food is kinda silly.
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5/22/2013 4:34pm, #52
BTW, you should read the paper authored by Carrier & Morgan first to see what they are talking about.
5/22/2013 4:34pm, #53
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5/22/2013 4:47pm, #55
I think the human punch came about from mimicking a thrown projectile with nothing in the hand. Most martial arts don't mention this but throwing stuff is a pretty intuitive aggressive reaction.
5/22/2013 4:52pm, #56
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5/22/2013 5:12pm, #58
Fools and Blasphemers the human hand didn't evolve it was created and the earth is only 6000 years old!
For this site here told me so and all your science stuff is as fallible as man is.
5/22/2013 6:19pm, #59
Last summer while I was out hiking, I got to see a raven carry a rat high into the air, then use the ground as an anvil to drop it to its death. I hear seagulls have figured out to use concrete to break open mollusk shells like this. From this I can surmise that bird anatomy evolved for judo.
5/22/2013 6:43pm, #60