Re: Cultural Takeoff Erectus VS. H. Sapiens

Vincent DeLuca (
12 Sep 1995 22:56:55 GMT

In <42oe6a$> (NINO180) writes:

>Marvin Harris writes in his book "OUR KIND" ;
>>"Hand axes and other bifacial cores manufactured by the 1.6
>million-year-old erectus at Koobi Fora, Kenya were still being made
>essentially unchanged by late erectus populations in Africa and
>300,000 years ago......Starting from a stone age base our own species
>fewer than 100,000 years to pass from a hunting, gathering mode of
life to
>today's hyperindustrial societies. That's a mere 8 percent of the time
>erectus ancestors had at their disposal."
>This boggles the mind if we consider where we may be a million years
>now (providing we make it that long) and keep up this pace. Any
>or explanations out there as to why the big difference. Physical
>limitations in erectus brain make up?

Well, the chimpanzees are doing now exactly what they were
doing 3 million years ago and will be doing the same thing 3 million
years hence if they are still around. Of course it is the brain makeup!