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Aiko One word that for me describes the documentary: Amazing.

I remember next to nothing from high school about the history of huma evolution, so I just sat there, mesmerized, absorbing all the information resented by the documentary as !facts". I realize though that to make the documentary more engaging to a tv audience that some facts may have been grosly exaggerated. #y rofessor did caution us about this exactly, but it was easy to forget his warning as the rogram rolled. $o be fairm I did some research to validate he facts being resented but I will withhold comment on the su osedly roblematic issue of the accuracy of the documentary util after I"ve given my thoughts ont eh s ecifi details resented by the rogram. %alking with cavemen weaves a s ellbinding tale about hw humans evolved from its ancestors, a tree&swinging a e in a green and verdant Africa ' million years ago. (ecause of changes in the landsca e, humans had to evolve into walking u right from being down on all fours. $he documentary showed how even the Australo ithecus afarensis, rimitive as they were, naturally formed and lived in social units. I guess survival was enhanced this way. )ike most societies, theirs was dominated by a male who by criteria of strength was adjudged to be the best erson*or rather, a e for the osition. +e su osedly had exclusive access to the grou "s females. I snorted at that. (ut intuitively, these creatures, who I lived a more straighjtforward existence, ,ived mainlt to survive. And hat entailed foraging for food, mating and breeding, and as shown as a natural urge of these animals, bomding with the rest of the grou which strengthened the unit. )ucy, whose bones were found in the -./0s, was an afarensis. 1he was a mother who the tv rogram de icted to have died from rotecting her young. I have always been closer to my mother than to fther and it"s amazingto think how these creatures, des ite thri relaie sim le&minded thinking, already had maternal instincts. 2rom an eolutionary oint of view, I guess this again hel ed to ensure survival. It was im ortant to rotect the next generation. $hen finally, these evolved into three classes of a es who lived different lifestyles in a more tro ical, harsher africa. $hey lived among differet other rehistoric animals which both fascinated and intimidated me. I don"t see how modern humans would have lived in such an environment. %ell I guethat"s te oint exactly. $hat at that very dfferent time, our ancestors were as hey were exactly because that"s what evolution dictated*that they had to have the charactstis in order to survive. $wo of the classes were ortrayed to jav tougher teeth which made foraging for food easier. $he habilis by com arison didn"t have the other two"s secial characteristics and had to survive on brain alone. 3ot having the brawn and the teeth, their in4uisitiveness made u for what they lacked. $his in4uisitiveness, the need to be inventive in their tactics to get food, eventully led them to making the first tools. the documenrayr de iced how they alone could get the food no other can, which included fod like animal"s bone marrow. In retros ect, the gross differences between these classes od a eas wI think isakin to the ty ical story of either having just the brawn or the brain. In the case of our ancestors, the brain won. Although of course from a modern ers ective, the resence of these two traits increase the a eal of any one erson. %lking with cavemen resconstructed the minutiae of our a e ancestors"lives*in so much detail that many archaologists would contend its accuracy. $here"s su osedly so little evidence*including a

few skeletons and tools found from this time&in order to reconstruct these creatures life to the extent done in the documentary. 3ow was it fact or ficion5 I think it"s, going back, amazing nonetheless.

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