08/03/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington, D.C. – Research suggests caring for animals may have had a significant impact on human evolution. As reported by LiveScience.com, recent findings suggest having a connection with animals helped human beings become nurturing creatures concerned with the care of others.
Pat Shipman, a paleoanthropologist at Penn State University, is quoted in the report as stating of the subject, “The animal connection runs through the whole [human history] and connects the other big evolutionary leaps, including stone tools, language and domestication… Instead of being isolated discoveries, there’s a theme here. It’s very deep and very old.”
The change to working on the “animal connection” is stated to have begun approximately 2.6 million years ago.
More information about the findings may be available in the August 2010 publication of the Current Anthropology journal.
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