Re: Waking up covered in dew

Paul Crowley (
Fri, 16 Aug 96 17:19:37 GMT

In article <> "Richard Foy" writes:

> Paul Crowley <> wrote:
> >
> >Clothing/blankets would have become important "possessions" of
> >the hominid society, to be transported whenever the group moved.
> >Females, infants and young would have needed them, so a cohesive,
> >responsible, caring, almost certainly monogamous, society is
> >required. The ownership of blankets implies other possessions
> >as well. All this is fine for Hss, but questionable earlier.
> I agree with mnost of this, but why does is it "almost certainly
> monogamous?"

I think I should have said "probably monogamous or possibly
polygamous". What I was trying to get at was that the weaker
members of the society: females, infants and juveniles would have
needed special protection to prevent the robbery of property on
which their lives depended. Theft by an adult male from a
juvenile would have had to entailed risks. So a strong male-
dominated family structure would have been essential.

I can't see personal property developing without fixed home
bases. It would be much easier when these also acquired some
kind of accomodation or shelter. But by then dew would not be a
problem. So, in short, I don't see a viable hominid society
outside dew-free areas until it was capable of erecting night
shelters: H.erectus, at least.