Re: An alternative to ST and AAT

Phillip Bigelow (
Fri, 01 Nov 1996 22:49:53 +0800

Paul Crowley wrote:

> That's the whole mystery of bipedalism. It should not
> have happened. It does need special justification - <snip>

So, bipedalism in the kangaroo rat (Rodentia) shouldn't have happened
either, right? So, bipedalism in non-avian theropods
(Dinosauria) shouldn't have happened, right? So, bipedalism shouldn't
have happened in all birds (Dinosauria: Theropoda: Aves), right?
So, bipedalism shouldn't have happened in kangaroos (Marsupalia),
Paul, I'm beginning to believe that your idea of a "special
justification" for human bipedalism is nothing more than a specio-
centric view of zoology. The fervor and zeolot-like enthusiasm
that you display for "special justification" is rivaled only in it's
intensity by the religious ramblings of Genesis-promoters.

>This is the fundamental problem of human evolution.

The fundamental problem in human evolution is gathering enough hard
data (fossil evidence) to make meaningful statements about our