Human society began not in a Golden Age of tranquility and plenty but in a primative battle for survival. There was no original pardisal time of plenty, as some have dreamed, in which happy, peaceful men and women, living in security and leisure, enjoyed the fruits of nature's abundance. Early humans lacking fire, agriculture, and other means to soften a brutally hard existence, struggled to eat and to avoid being eaten.
-The Swerve, How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Stranded on the Shores of Lake Turkana
Wounded animals tend to crawl towards sources of cover and water to either await death or mend themselves. Like a wounded animal, almost two millions years ago, our ancestors straggled to this ancient lake, Lake Turkana, to await annihilation and were instead saved after being cursed with the knowledge of good and evil.
Lake Turkana - Mankind's Origins
The Skulls of Chou Kou Tien - Chapter One
In the Skulls of Chou Kou tien, JohnQuincy explores the Fall of Man and the disastrous fate that awaits humanity. Other installments in this series include:
The Skulls of Chou Kou Tien, Part I: The Fall
At the end of Part I, we left Jim Morrison traveling to the ancient lake:
Ride the highway west, baby
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best-The End by Jim Morrison of the Doors
In this installment, we will examine the dark implication of what happened to man at the lake.
Eve of Destruction
With a population of over 7 billion, modern man does not understand just how precarious his position is. Twice in our history, mankind has faced extinction. The last time was 70,000 years ago when climactic changes left man down to an estimated 600 breeding pairs, struggling to survive on the Southern Coast of Africa:
We Were on the Verge of Extinction 70,000 Years Ago
When Humans Almost Died Out - Scientific American
Scientific American - When the Sea Saved Humanity
Wiki - Population Bottleneck
Toba Catastrophe Theory
Late Pleistocene human population bottlenecks, volcanic winter, and differentiation of modern humans by Stanley Ambrose
The Great Rift
The first time was roughly two million years ago when geotectonic forces radically changed man's environment.
Geology.com - East Africa's Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System
Rift Valley - John Hawkins
GeoTimes - A Changing Climate for Human Evolution
Evidence Supporting a Geological Theory of Human Origin:
New Research: The Planet's Tectonics Triggered Human EvolutionDiscovery of Early Hominins
Early Transitional Humans
Cannibalism - The Inconvenient Truth
"When I have slain an enemy, it is surely better to eat him than to let him waste. . . . The worst is not to be eaten, but to die; if I am killed it is all the same whether my tribal enemy eats me or not. But I could not think of any game that would taste better than he would. . . .You whites are really too dainty." -Brazilian Tribal Chief as quoted in The Story of Civilization I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
Dig Up Her Bones
Point me to the sky above
I can't get there on my own
Walk me to the graveyard
Dig up her bones. -Michale Graves, Former Misfits Frontman
|The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution|
Gran Dolina, Spain
|Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins|
|Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates|
La Chapelle-aux-Saints - France
Monte Circeo, Italy
|Social Life Of Early Man|