Are we humans the most intelligent species on Earth?

I wonder if we're really sophisticated enough to recognise intelligence that isn't our own.For example, the Pioneer Probe left the solar system carrying a laser disc full of information about us (plus a bit of whale song) in case it bumped into somebody "intelligent".  This whale song was

Can our DNA be traced to see that we are all really related to each other?

Certainly. Every human on Earth may be related to every other human within a couple hundred generations or so.Every living animal is related to every other living animal, it's just a question of how many generations back you have to go. Humans and birds diverged more

Eating: How did three meals a day become the norm?

It's a social convention that has changed as the human condition has changed. There hasn't been tremendous study of meal timing, but it's unlikely to be the healthiest option, seeing as it was happened upon for other reasons.

How did primitive humans tame wild animals?

The taming of generations of animals involves to govern their mating. This is called domestication. It required Homo sapiens to do this, persons as primitive as you or me.Domestication of animals had many benefits like riding or dairy.There were only two or three benefits at first sight: meat and having a pet and using the fur.

Is the institution of marriage harmful?

Maybe Western civilization is leaving the institution of marriage outdated for decades. The generation of those who have 30 years has been brought up in the belief that once we found a couple, we grow old and die with it. Then reality deny handles.We admire those marriages that have remained stable over the

'Marriage is an institution.' What does this mean?

A2AWhen you marry someone, you also marry their habits, their behavior, their weaknesses and strengths, and you also let each and every small thing about them - affect you in the process. Marriage is not just a phase of your life, but an institution because here, you learn and you teach. You learn to adjust to

Are humans apes, or did we evolve from apes?

Humans are primates. The physical similarities between humans and monkeys/apes has been noted since ancient times. We have grasping hands with opposable thumbs, fingernails instead of claws and forward facing eyes, among other common attributes.One hundred years before Darwin published his "Origin of Species", the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus (aka Carl von Linne) established

Are humans considered to be apes?

In most modern takes on classification, the members of the primate superfamily Hominoidea are colloquially referred to as apes. Hominoidea is made up of two extant families: Hylobatidae and Hominidae. The family Hominidae is then further split into the Ponginae and Homininae subfamilies. The Ponginae consist of orangutans. The Homininae consist of humans and the African apes.

Are humans considered to be large land animals?

We are medium size animals. We aren't considered large in the grand scheme of things. Some of us may manage to reaching the size of a large animal. However I hear our body system isn't designed to be sufficient in supporting the sizes of anything above 6 feet 4 or 3 inches as well

Are we humans the most intelligent species on Earth?

I wonder if we're really sophisticated enough to recognise intelligence that isn't our own.For example, the Pioneer Probe left the solar system carrying a laser disc full of information about us (plus a bit of whale song) in case it bumped into somebody "intelligent".  This whale song was obviously made by one of

Can our DNA be traced to see that we are all really related to each other?

Certainly. Every human on Earth may be related to every other human within a couple hundred generations or so.Every living animal is related to every other living animal, it's just a question of how many generations back you have to go. Humans and

Do other species, i.e., non-human animals, have wars like humans have?

As others have indicated, many animals, some closer to us than others, have war-like episodes, usually not common, but neither are human wars.  Most animals can be and are often aggressive or violent over breeding rights, food, nesting sites, etc. but wars require a

Do you often find animal babies cuter than human babies? Why?

I know this will probably upset a lot of people but I have never found human infants cute. Toddlers a bit.I never liked baby looking baby dolls. Barbie was cool but I preferred my menagerie of plush animals, and real animals much better ( exception

Eating: How did three meals a day become the norm?

I have always been told that I had to eat regularly to avoid ulcers and this has always meant 3 meals a day that have been spaced out appropriately. But now, I am going to attempt to quantify and justify the three meal theory.For that, I'm going to assume

From how many neanderthals did modern humans descend?

Rephrasing the question to what I'm guessing you mean: "How many Neanderthals contributed DNA to modern humans?"  Modern humans outside of Africa have a small amount of Neanderthal DNA in their genomes.  That came from rare interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals.  Many of the human/Neanderthal

Have humans been domesticated?

I think there are two types of people. Domesticated and undomesticated. We often call the undomesticated humans psychopaths, and are basically less empathetic and more self serving. Domestication isn't just a lifestyle, it creates physical and behavioural changes in animals.Domesticated humans make up the majority and they avoid leadership roles and just want to get

Have humans ever had 'mating seasons' like other animals?

The answer to your question, lays far back in time, for which we have no evidence. But we can gain some insight comparing us with species close to us in terms of evolution. We have a common ancestor with orangutans, gorillas

How did humans hunt animals before the invention of weapons?

For hunting, human bodies do two important things better than other animals. First is long-distance running. Other animals run much faster, but only in short bursts. Keep chasing them, hour after hour, and eventually the human hunter will still be running when the animal can't continue, desperately panting for breath. Meat tonight!The

How did humans start speaking?

I don't think it started with humans. The concept of communicating with sound goes back a lot further than we do. Even fish and insects make clicking or chirping noises to announce the presence. Some birds seem to have their own vocabulary as well. They have specialized chirps to announce the presence of a snake or

How did physical strength and intelligence interact in human evolution?

Yes, There is evidence of neoteny in the human raceNeoteny (/niːˈɒtᵻni/ /niːˈɒtni/), also called juvenilization, is one of the two ways by which paedomorphism can arise. Paedomorphism or paedomorphosis is the retention by adults of traits previously seen only in the young,

How does the present human compare to, let's say, a human 1000 years ago?

You would, first of all, find them unspeakably ignorant. So much that we take for granted wasn't known back then by even the most educated - and outside of the clergy, most people had *no* schooling. They were superstitious and illiterate.The people would have been short by today's standards, and ugly

Is Britain culturally closer to America or France/Germany?

I can only give my own experience. I have lived the largest part of my life in the U.S., but I have lived outside the U.S. for significant stints including in the UK. My father ran a large manufacturing facility

What are underrated things about humans?

That we are geniuses at learning language. We seem to do something quite complex effortlessly. A smart dog knows 200 words. By four we know 4000 even if we are considered slow learners.That we have achieved the dream wishes of our ancestors with weapons making a world without predators, water that comes to us and meat without

What's the percentage of our DNA that can be traced to Neanderthals?

Tuscans and Finns have the highest levels of Neanderthal DNA among modern nations. People from sub-Saharan Africa generally have no or next to no Neanderthal DNA; everyone else has some, ranging from 1 percent to 11 percent. If your great-grandfather were a Neanderthal, you would have 12 percent Neanderthal DNA.

Who are the ancestors of humans?

Apes are believed to be ancestors for all apes monkeys and humans.However who are the ancestor of apes,must be wild animals.What is common in all animals,the basic building blocks,the cells and the powerhouse with in the cells.The power house within the cell nucleus is a sophisticated mechanism to burn the food using inhaled oxygen to

Why do humans start walking so much later than other animals?

So the other answers here are currently not quite accurate, though they circle the truth.Brains are only so large. They are also hard to maintain, need a lot of protection, need a lot of energy - like, given by

Why don't humans eat predators?

All of the answers below are correct and more complete than mine; However I thought I should add early Judaeo-christian texts forbid the consumption of any animal that will eat human flesh. The animals most commonly seen eating on battlefields and graveyards were boars and wild dogs. This may

Will animals ever become as intelligent and cultured as humans?

It is possible that future descendants of some current animal may become as intelligent as current humans, however it is impossible to predict when that might happen.  If natural selection creates such an intelligent animal it could take multiple millions of years. Now it is possible that humans could

Are English people more Celtic or more Anglo-Saxon?

According to Ancestry.com, who are amassing a huge DNA data base at a rapid rate theses days, The majority of the British English are 60 percent English or less. They have divided their ‘Irish' classification, from their ‘English' classification, by grouping Irish, Welsh, and Scot

Are Neanderthal genes present in all modern humans?

ALL humans have a tiny amount of Neanderthal nuclear DNAThe Neanderthal Genome Project, a monopoly totally in the hands of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, was started in 2007. The team run by

Can anyone expand on the notion that Neanderthals and the Denisovans were one and the same species?

If you count sapiens, late stage erectus, Denisovans and Neanderthals as one species...You end up with a species that could only partly interbreed with itself.The Denisovans had two distinct lineages for example... one that was an early branch off of erectus... and one that developed much later from erectus... and we

Did humans kill Neanderthals?

I think historians and archaeologists show an enormous lack of imagination regarding a world in which modern humans (sapiens) coexist with Neanderthals.As the history of Homo sapiens shows, humans (sapiens) have had no difficulty in killing one another. By far the most deadly threat to

How did modern day humans breed with Neanderthals if they could not speak to us?

Neanderthals looked very similar to us. They wore clothing, created complex tools, wore jewelry, produced art, and [likely] painted their bodies. Their territories overlapped with ours, and aside from having different customs and each of the two groups thinking the other look different than all their friends, it isn't that inconceivable.Its likely

If you could be any superhero, outside of DC and Marvel, who would you want to be and why?

The 19th Century Batman: Edmond Dantès, the Count of Monte Cristo.Rich beyond the dreams of avarice. Multi-lingual. Knowledgeable in the arts and sciences. Master of disguise. Strong and intelligent. Connections everywhere. He used his riches and know-how both to exact revenge on those

In the recent past, there were 2 species of humans on Earth. Us (Homo sapiens) and Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). What are the 2 most likely reasons that the Homo sapiens are the only ones left?

In the recent past, there were 2 species of humans on Earth. Us (Homo sapiens) and Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). What are the 2 most likely reasons that the Homo sapiens are the only ones left?************************Neanderthals became extinct, based on my theory ‘The Gravity Theory of Mass Extinction', because they had evolved in a longitudinal

Were Neanderthals smarter or more advanced than their Homo sapiens counterparts at their time?

Sapiens encountered Neanderthals in the Middle East and Europe. Neanderthals were more muscular than Sapiens, were better adapted to cold climes and had larger brains. Homo sapiens between 150,000 and 70,000 years had limited cognitive abilities. In the first recorded

Were neanderthals smarter than modern humans?

I am intrigued by this question, because it sounds as if it should be impossible to answer, yet we have so many fresh lines of evidence to follow, as to suggest a definitive answer will come soon. First the basics...All animals can

What are biggest misconceptions about anthropology?

Despite having mentioned this before in my answer to What does an anthropologist do?, this question is so pointed that I can't help but repeat it: the biggest misconception about anthropology is that it's a social science. I hear this all the

What are some things that social scientists know but most people don't?

It's fair to say that many social scientists take away different things from their training and experience, especially given how broad the term "social science" is. Here are a few things I've learned from my experiences as an anthropology major,

What do we know about Denisovans? How closely related are they to Neanderthals?

This is a complicated question. Denisovans are actually a hybrid species made up of at least three different species of archaic hominids. Around a million years ago, there was a

What is unique about Japanese culture and what can the world learn from it?

Make food that tastes like food.  Japanese cooks almost never use seasonings other than soy sauce, ginger, fish stock, and mirin.  The idea is to make food taste like the food that it is, not dress it up and mess it up and hide it.  Your ingredients should speak

Why did the ancient Egyptians make the pyramids so big?

Ancient pyramids were big because they are being built in honor of pharaoh and he also wanted it big because he would be remembered and can be considered as the god of the Sun in the sky. Also, the bigger the size the more wealthier pharaoh will be considered. It is an important fact about Ancient

Why did the reconstructed faces of Neanderthals change to look more similar to modern humans?

Mainly from a P.R. standpoint, most people have neanderthal DNA, and most likely the average person would automatically denounce having any Neanderthal DNA if we didn't try to make Neanderthals look more presentable. Modern reconstructions highlight the similarities and downplay the differences.This is the images that I grew up knowing as neanderthals:

Why do we scream when we get scared?

I am not a screamer, and as far as I can remember I only screamed one time in my life.I went home from my office to pick something up that I had forgotten. When I got there I found a man in my house who approached me with a knife. I was about 10 a.m.

How do mothers treat sons and daughters differently?

Not as differently as fathers treat sons and daughters.  Mothers tend to treat the younger children about the same, without much regard for boy or girl.  In my experience and observation mothers are protective of both close to equally, though they may lean toward more distinctive toys and dress for

How many human species existed 100,000 years ago?

I am not exactly sure what you are asking. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I think you are asking the following:

How many miles did early humans walk in a day?

When we talk about modern hunter-gatherers, we're usually talking about the Hadza, who graciously allow themselves to be fitted with pedometers and accelerometers and are subject to numerous anthropologists watching their daily movements. The most recent study has men walking 15-18km per day and women 12-15. However, not everyone