Re: Waking up covered in dew
Roy V. Hughson (email@example.com(Roy)
14 Aug 1996 21:06:33 GMT
On Aug 14, 1996 13:40:21 in article <Re: Waking up covered in dew>, 'Paul
Crowley <Paul@crowleyp.demon.co.uk>' wrote:
>From: Paul Crowley <Paul@crowleyp.demon.co.uk>
>Subject: Re: Waking up covered in dew
>Date: Wed, 14 Aug 96 13:40:21 GMT
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>In article <susansfDvzwtK.BBM@netcom.com>
>firstname.lastname@example.org "Susan S. Chin" writes:
>> If protection from dew is a function of fur, and this dew is a problem,
>> how do we know pre-erectus hominids were not hairy? Would the hair have
>> functioned as fur would? I don't know, does anyone?
>The point is that at some point hominids began using animal skins
>as clothing and/or covering at night. From then on they did not
>need to re-grow their hair (although my own Celtic ancestors made
>a pretty good attempt). So _prior_to_the_adoption_of_"clothing"_
>there must have a long period ( >100 Kyr) of pure nakedness.
>Date this period whenever you want, but during it dew would have
>been a problem if they slept where it occurs.
>I suggest that our ancestors (not necessarily all co-existing
>hominids) did *not* inhabit such locations during that period.
Dew forms on objects that are cooler than the dewpoint. Since humans, like
all other mammals, maintain a relatively high internal temperature, it is
difficult to imagine a situation where the skin temperature would be below
Dew might form on a corpse, but not on a living person.