Joined: Sep. 2007
|Quote (Louis @ Nov. 07 2007,12:10)|
|Go to it!|
I'll take that as an invitation. ;)
Here's the abstract of an article I thought was fascinating -- also very accessible to anyone with HS reading skills:
It has been proposed that the hominid lineage began when a group of chimpanzee-like apes began to throw rocks and swing clubs at adversaries, and that this behaviour yielded reproductive advantages for millions of years, driving natural selection for improved throwing and clubbing prowess. This assertion leads to the prediction that the human hand should be adapted for throwing and clubbing, a topic that is explored in the following report. It is shown that the two fundamental human handgrips, first identified by J. R. Napier, and named by him the ‘precision grip’ and ‘power grip’, represent a throwing grip and a clubbing grip, thereby providing an evolutionary explanation for the two unique grips, and the extensive anatomical remodelling of the hand that made them possible. These results are supported by palaeoanthropological evidence.
Young, R.W. J.Anat. 2003 January; 202(1): 165–174
Available from PubMed here
Surely, anyone in the Western world with a television has seen a chimp throw something. It's always a very clumsy, underhanded throw with little accuracy and less power. Nevertheless, it is a projection of force of which few other animals are capable. From chimps to Austtralopithecus to Homo there is a very neat and practically complete transition of hand morphology.
All in all, another wonderful example of a prediction based on ToE, subsequently borne out by several lines of evidence.
Now, to forestall the so-whats; this article, all by its lonesome, does not perform the coup de grace on all Fungelical frothings. It is, however, one more grain of sand that stretches away from the colossal wreck of ID.
"Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley