Man from Monkey I couldn't find an appropiate thread or category so I've placed this topic here. This has been spawn from noticing many of Kmguru's recent postings on Evolution and something I happened to watch the other night on the television. From what I saw, humanity is suppose to have evolved from monkeys that swung around in tree tops many millions of years ago. There was mentioning of the footprint evidence which is usually used in conjuction with the "Adam and Eve" theory (A theory of apelike creatures walking on their hind legs across what is known as africa to spread the first legs of our evolution.) This reminded me of what theory I had heard of previously of how they stood on their hind legs because they were walking across a wasteland and the sun was high in the sky (being the equator), they stood so that they wouldn't have such a surface area to attract temperature, if they had been on all fours then they would have died from heat exhausting. (there was a whole mention of its use in conjuction with brain heat, and the ears of elephants being used as cooling radiators [spacing out the blood flow]) I realised something different though. Perhaps Man's ancestory path never actually took us back to a monkey in a tree, but more likely a monkey that foraged around the ground below trees and shrubs, but only in danger would we scramble up a tree. Since they would be earth bound and exist within a community they might have started to develop a survival tactic that certain desert/plains animals have, to stand on their hind legs and look around for danger. This would mean crossing to a river surrounded by plains, many of these creatures would be standing tall to have a better view across the plains, and also be percieved as possible predators as larger than they actually are. This could have occured to give us our upright position, since it's noted that creatures that roamed the earth developed stronger limbs that were develop of standing and they also became large since the ground could take their weight in comparison to creatures in the trees that would have limbs for holding onto branches and maintain a small and light size. From my perception we aren't on a top branch without being scared up there Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!