Modern Man A Wimp


Not too long ago, my dad left this article up on our desktop. It talks about human evolution, and how our ancestors were much more physically superior than we are. If you think about the circumstances that they lived in, it is no surprise. They had to hunt their own prey, on foot with weapons they made themselves. They had to be physically able to run from predators, and fight them off. Survival of the fittest right? In the article it stated that any Neanderthal woman would have been able to easily drop Arnold Schwartznegger in an arm wrestling match, hands down. Crazy! Today, women that “buff” aren’t common at all. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman who looked like she could drop Arnie in an arm wrestling match. Have you? With the development of technology, I think people have become lazy. We don’t need to hunt for our own food, or run from predators. We sit at computers in little cubicles all day, and the strongest muscles in us are in our fingers, and then we develop carpal tunnel. I bet none of the Neanderthals had carpal tunnel. Well, you can read more cool facts in the article by clicking here, and tell me what you guys think! Below I added a photo of a Neanderthal skeleton next to a modern human skeleton, to show the physical differences and why they might have been more physically adept than us.

-Roxy

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    kfatland said,

    That is kind of strange but it makes sense. Like you said we are getting lazy we do not have to do anything anymore. It makes me wonder though if it will keep getting worse and we get weaker or if we start having to do more we cold re-evolve to something more like our Neanderthal selves?

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    kfatland said,

    That is kind of strange but it makes sense. Like you said we are getting lazy we do not have to do anything anymore. It makes me wonder though if it will keep getting worse and we get weaker or if we start having to do more we cold re-evolve to something more like our Neanderthal selves?

    Kirk

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    AnneMarie said,

    That is interesting to think about. I think though, the neanderthals died out to the cro-magnons because they were an inferior species. Yes they were more muscular, but they didn’t adapt as well as our ancestors, the cro-magnons did. I agree with you that we are getting to be a lazy species with technologies, and not as industrious as our ancestors; but maybe our brains are working on a higher level than it used to. I prefer brains to physicality, but both would be ideal. So maybe we can’t get the muscular structure of our ancestors, but a fit and healthy person today does wonders with his/her body such as breaking records at the olympics. Granted, most of us are not like that, but it is something for us to strive for, and I like the way the modern, healthy person looks. I hope not to look like our ancestors did! But most of us can afford to build our bodies up to fit levels and not be so physically lazy. Me included.

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    dangkid said,

    Understandable, we have involved from having to rely on our muscles to more relying on the brain. Most humans today does not do any strenuous work requiring stronger muscles. We went from having to hunt our food in the wild to just going to the market to buy food. There is no need to fight at the market since there’s enough food there to go around.

    David D

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    Julian said,

    I agree with Anne Marie in that Homo neanderthalensis (a separate species, by the way; we diverged from a common ancestor) died out due to an inability to adapt to the world changing around it. Homo sapiens, on the other hand, had it made in the shade after the climate shifted back.

    The neanderthals had the upper hand on us to begin with. During the Ice Age, neanderthals spread throughout Europe, having adapted uniquely to the shifting climate.

    Cro-magnon (us, basically) from Africa almost died out due to severe drought. Only the individuals with the wits/cunning to plan ahead and “go with the flow” survived, and they in turn passed those traits on to us. After the glaciers receded, this population of intelligent, adaptable Homo sapiens handily took over the Earth.

    In the end, the neanderthals just couldn’t keep up.

    More to the point: I do think early Homo sapiens were probably much more physically adept than we are. It was essential for survival/passing on the genes, after all. But as others have mentioned, we just don’t need it in our modern world.

    Thanks for bringing it up, Roxy. I saw it on Reuters earlier this week and thought it was interesting.


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