Re: tears

Alex Duncan (
30 Oct 1995 14:18:53 GMT

In article <472bd1$> , writes:

>Yes, but these peoples have the advantages of tool use and language etc.,
>which presumably came after nudity.

<sarcasm alert>

Good point. The !Kung routinely wear neolithic points in an effort to
keep the sun off their skins. There's also good evidence that
precolumbian amerindians used metates as knee pads.

<sarcasm alert>

Why do you "presume" that tool use and language came after nudity? The
earliest record for tool use is about 2.5 Myr. Most paleoanthropologists
think that functional nudity probably arose w/ H. erectus, at ~1.8 Myr.
But the point is that we don't really know.

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086