Yesterday as I was writing about The Bachelorette and the dramatic contrast to the men on the Deadliest Catch, it got me thinking about survival of the fittest, evolution, and how that pertains to attraction, and dating.
So, here is my thinking… if I was sitting in a cave millions of years ago – the men as seen on the Deadliest Catch looked capable to hunt and gather, where as the men I saw on The Bachelorette where in my opinion the complete opposite, and seemed frail in comparison to the rugged men who where braving the harsh waters, and elements…
…And – not as seen on the The Bachelorette competing in a staged setting for the attention of ONE women, on a well produced TV show.
I will just leave it at that.
Moving along here, I thought it would be a good time to post for the next few days excerpts from my book, Don’t Use My Sweater Like a Towel – Chapter 19, called Animals and Us, where I wrote about evolution, our hard wiring and our connection to the animal kingdom.
“We are walking archives of ancestral wisdom.”
Helena Cronin, The Ant and the Peacock
Whatever your stance on evolution, there is no denying our connection to the animal kingdom. The mere fact that humans are mammals illustrates this bond. While some of our most basic instincts may have become dulled by human progress, our cellular and genetic connection is still there, guiding us through life whether we realize or accept it. Each and every moment we are faced with the realities of our link with nature and the thousands of creatures that share our world. Sometimes on my early morning run along the Pacific Ocean, I contemplate this relationship.
Huge waves created by hurricanes thousands of miles away crashed alongside me in recent months. I could feel the power of the sea, smell the salt and decay in the air. We are a part of the sea and it’s a part of us. In her book, The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson explains that in the Precambrian period over 4500 million years ago, “When the animals went ashore, to take up life on land, they carried part of the sea in their bodies, a heritage which they passed onto their children and which even today links each land animal with its origins in the ancient sea. The sea within us has the same saltiness as the Precambrian seas of three billion years ago.” Even human blood contains a water-to-salt ratio similar to that of the ocean.
Fast-forward to the end of the Carboniferous period 300 million years ago, only a few insects had evolved enough to live out of water before early amphibious and reptilian-like creatures began to creep out of the oceans and rivers. These first vertebrates continued to develop and morph over time, creating millions of species and eventually humans.
Humans have been on this planet for about 4 million years, one of the first and most notable pieces of evidence is “Lucy,” the skeletal remains of a hominid called Australopithecus afarensis. Discovered in Hadar in Eastern Africa in 1973, by Donald C. Johanson and his student Tom Gray, Lucy to this day remains one of the most well preserved early human skeletons ever uncovered. The fossils indicated that while she had short legs and long, dangly arms like our most closely linked cousin the chimpanzee, her pelvis and knee structure showed that she walked upright.
We have come along way since Lucy. Homo sapiens arrived on the scene about 100,000 years ago, but modern humans still hold billions of years of cellular information passed on from our ancestors. There are some 300 trillion cells in our bodies – about ten million die and are replaced every second. Even still our basic being still holds the history. Miraculous!
So how did we go from single-celled organisms swimming around in the Petri dish of the oceans to breathing, walking mammals? If we take a look out on the landscape of life, each being seems to have a mating ritual, but as strange as it sounds, all beings are connected in the end. Humans are programmed, just as many of our animal counterparts, not for only sex for the purpose of reproduction, but also emotional bonding.
To be continued Saturday.