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Two species of mankind: Sorted out not long ago

I watched the second half of a documentary that made sense to me.  The topic is: “How mankind separated from the chimp species?”

About 8 million years ago,  a few types of chimps made the regions close to river beds and lakes their residence of choice.  You can always see chimps, particularly the younger ones, jumping from tree branches and rocks into rivers and repeating these feats until exhaustion: They love to jump in water…

Our ancestors, while jumping and playing in rivers and in the lakes, were observing the fish and the underwater universe.

They caught a fish by hand and liked this new food substitute.  They discovered that eating one fish saved them from the tedious hours of searching and eating fruits.  Consequently, they could devote more time playing and jumping into the river and cooling off.

Gradually, their techniques and methods of catching fish improved, and fish was their main source for necessary protein to developing their brain…Obviously, for another couple of million years they kept balancing on tree branches and hopping from tree to tree and eating plenty of fruit, while eating more fish…

By the by, our ancestors learned to swim and go deeper into the river.  How that happened?

The buoyancy of water made their weight lighter and they felt that they could walk on two legs in water much easier than previous attempts on the dry land…and they could catch fish more efficiently standing on their hind legs…

The muscles of the back and stomach grew fitter to sustain an erect position, and they could walk for longer distance on the dry land…

They learned to float on the fallen and rotten tree branches, and many other feats…

Natural calamities and clan rivalry pushed many clans to venture deeper inland: They didn’t need dense forest trees to progress effortlessly…

Most probably, the chased out clans converged to another river tributaries: They love to jump into rivers and swim and eat fish…

A few of these clans had to climb hills, mountains, semi-desert regions, even cold regions

The problem was that rivers up north are colder, more violent, and freeze most of the year: The daily fish catching exercise is changed into hunting red meat smaller animals to compensate for their lack of protein available in fish… The prey got larger as the brain grew larger, more organized, and more violent by the kill…

For simplicity, I call these mankind species that transferred to colder regions, mountain, and high altitude plateau as “Mountain species“, as opposed to the “Sea species” of the lower altitude lands and river delta regions

Mountain species grew harder bones, heavier legs and buttocks, and swimming was harder for them. Eating red meat poisoned the Mountain species, physically and mentally, and they acquired violent mood swings and insanity was prevalent among them:  They killed their own kind more frequently, and occasionally ate their victims.

The life-span of Mountain specie was significantly (statistically) shorter than the river species because of the more dangerous activities, more prevalence of aches and pains in the lower back, swelling knees and ankles, heart attacks… They preferred to attack neighboring clans who were more settled and engaged in agriculture, and abducted females to serve them in old age (around 30 year-old at best)

River species disseminated falsehoods that the mountain species had great characteristics and physical strength…just to encourage more to vacate the crowded river regions…The river specie knew full well that the clans perched on mountain tops were actually a bunch of cowards:  They preferred to have their ass freeze rather than come down and reclaim their right to “eat fish”

Six decades ago, the two species have been merging. How?

1. Water sources are polluted and toxic: Fish, fruit, vegetable, cereal…are all poisoned from herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers,  toxic waste…Mankind is poisoned from the womb…and growing violent by the years and certified insane…

2. Except in the rich and developed States, with affordable indoor chlorinated swimming pool and accessible clean beaches to the common people…, mankind is acquiring  the characteristics of the mountain species type at increased rate, and turning more violent, and heavier in the hips, and suffering from musculoskeletal chronic ailments...

3. With the advent of computer and TV… our standing position skeletal is less and less performing

I can conjecture that within less than another 6 decades, mankind with revert back to the “four-legged posture”:  The hands will not touch the floor directly because extension appliances to the arms will be adorned by “hand-shoes” for restricted short-distance ambulatory exercises around the restricted studios…

Note 1:  The documentary inspired the river species and how mankind managed to walk in an erect position.  The rest of the story is of my conjectured reconstituted history of mankind

Note 2:  https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/how-the-dog-pack-homo-erectus-went-awry-keep-running-properly/

Any knowledge of “History of Geography” or world maps?

Do you know that the Chinese cartographers oriented the southern hemisphere to be on the top of maps? Why?

The northern hemisphere (close to where they lived), was very cold and foggy, and the Moguls invaded China from there, thus, devaluing this northern hemisphere and relegating it to the bottom part of a map.

The Arab cartographers adopted the Chinese orientation.

For example, in 1157, Al Idrisi sent a most complete map of 70 double pages to King Roger II of Sicily.  The map detailed the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Obviously, you have to turn the map upside down to visualize it as we currently see it.  For example, if the concept of civilized and barbaric countries were prevalent in these ancient times, as it is now, the southern countries will boast to belong to the southern civilized hemisphere!

In Medieval Europe, top of maps represented the eastern side of the world. Why?

According to the Bible, East was the Eden because Cain was chased eastward toward the void.  Additionally, a belt of fire cordoned off the East portion, not to be accessible to entrance.  Christopher Columbus described the Antilles Islands (East of Asia in his mind) as Eden where people roamed completely naked and rich in exotic fruits.

Mercator, a Dutch cartographer (1512-1594), re-oriented the maps, on the ground that the southern hemisphere is “heavier” than the northern counterpart according to the Greek tradition. Europe was to be located in the center of the world.

Do you know that continents were categorized in two major groups and intermediate regions?

For example, you had the “solid regions” (Sub-Sahara Africa, Northern America, Southern America, Asia, Europe, and Antarctica) and the malleable autonomous regions such as (India, Australia, Russia, and the island of Madagascar).  The other regions were shared portions such as (North Africa, Turkey, Mongolia, Middle East, Central Asia, Central Europe…).  You can guess the geopolitical theme for this division of the world.

Do you know that, even recently in the 60’s, the world was divided as solid geography, liquid geography, and gaseous geography?

For example solid geography (founded by Paul Vidal de la Blanche, 1923) relied on the material objects such as mountain chains, raw materials, types of rocks…in order to describe a country?

The Anglo-Saxon description of geography was of the “liquid kind”, emphasizing space and modeling…a flux representation.

In the 80’s, description of geography included the time-line or history of a region, and thus, gaseous geography!

Fernand Braudel demonstrated the interconnections between Time (history of a region) and the Space (land facts) in describing a region…

In this globalization period, the world is divided among the developed countries (West Europe, USA, Japan, China, Russia), the fast developing countries (Brasil, India, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia…supplying the cheap work force), and the third world supplying the raw materials and minerals.

For example, I tend to believe that major rivers, much more than mountain chains, are the determining dividing lines among autonomous countries and representing the character of people.

It is toward major water sources that mankind agglomerated and settled and founded urban centers.  Within two decades, water resources will be scarce and the most important element for survival.  Countries controlling the origin or sources of major rivers will enjoy huge leverage in the geopolitical tag of war. (Read link in note)

For example, China will never relinquish Tibet:  The Himalaya mountain chains are the sources of most of the major rivers flowing in China, South-East Asia, and even in the Ganges (India).

Turkey control the sources of the Euphrates and Tiger rivers flowing into Syria and Iraq.

Ethiopia control the Nile water source…

Note 1:  Article was inspired from an article in the French monthly Sciences Humaines, and written by Christian Grataloup

Note 2:  https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/lions-and-lionesses-along-the-fertile-crescent-ancient-empires/


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