How did we ever make it this far?

Consider the human child:

– 1 year to walk;
– 2 years to feed itself;
– 5-6 years to a modicum of self-sufficiency;
– 18 years to physical maturity;
– 25 years (a quarter century!) to full brain maturity;
– 65-80 years to emotional maturity (not guaranteed in all specimens – evidently we are not hardwired for this achievement)

Watching both my children grow, I am continually amazed that our species ever made it off the ancient African savanna, through the Ice Ages, &tc.

PICTURED: Nature making short work of a Homo sapiens with kung fu power.

Yet here we are, wreaking revenge on Mother Nature for millenna of abuse with SUVs, the Shanghai Fengpu Industrial Park powered by Wyoming coal, and babies. Lots and lots of babies.

I’m kind of interested in reading more fiction about prehistoric times, some good speculation on just how we managed to survive the caveman-and-club days. I know there are those Clan of the Cave Bear novels. Any others out there you’re aware of that take prehistory as their setting?

9 thoughts on “How did we ever make it this far?

  1. Court Merrigan Post author

    Hey, thanks. Damn – 12 books and counting. I guess you start at the start, eh?

  2. Captain Caveman

    The Inheritors by William Golding. Weird book, but it’s about neanderthals.

  3. Tom Conoboy

    The Inheritors is a work of genius. It portrays the decline of Neanderthal man in light of the newcomer, the violent Homo Sapiens.

    As a study in writing craft it can scarcely be bettered. Golding takes a people with no language or discernible culture and makes them beautiful. There is certainly some ambivalence about the triumph of Homo Sapiens over these gentle people.

  4. Captain Caveman

    Not sure I’d call it genius, but I do think Court will appreciate and enjoy the stylistics involved. I haven’t read it in a long time, just remember that I liked it but thought it was a tough read.

  5. Court Merrigan Post author

    Now I have to read it for sure. Just got bumped way up the reading queue.

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