Development Of Man
In the dictionary a human being is defined as a person showing qualities of
people. But what exactly is a person or people? Do dictionaries go into detail
about that? Where do we come from or why do we have ears? Scientists have been
trying to answer questions like these for years, but everyone has a different
opinion. Some say people originated from the very human like animal known as the

Gorilla, others say we all came from an African American woman. But does anybody
know for sure what we really came from or who we really are? The story of man
first told to people and still told today is the story of Adam and Eve, God
formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life; and man became a living being. We have found many artifacts to
contradict this story although most of us still believe that God had something
to do with the creation of man as said in the bible. Prometheusí story of man
is not very different from the bibles. Prometheus and Epimetheus were spared
imprisonment for not fighting with the Titans during the war between the Titans
and the Olympians. So they were given the task of creating man. Prometheus
supposedly shaped man out of mud, and Athena breathed life into his clay figure.

At first Prometheus is said to have made man on his hands and knees and

Epimetheus had given the creatures of the Earth all of the other qualities so

Prometheus gave man the ability to walk upright, and gave him fire. When Zeus
discovered that man had fire he became enraged and took fire away from man, so
we were left to only stand upright and supplied us with the feeling of hope.

This story, not unlike the bibles, was also questioned whenever scientists
started finding fossils of prehistoric man. Although we do not know very much
about the mythology point of views on where humans came from, we do know the
scientific explanation. For millions of years primates, chimpanzees, and
orangutans roamed the forests and lands all around them. They ate nuts, fruit,
insects and occasionally the eggs or young birds out of the nests. Just about
anything they could find that didnít look poisonous or dangerous, they would
eat and make up different meals with each new item of different food that they
found. They got their water from rivers and rain and just about anything else
they could get water out of. When they slept, it wasnít on the ground or in a
tent, it was up in a tree. As the centuries passed by, we have evidence that
things began to change. Spines straightened out and they began to walk
straighter and faster, in an upright position. Fingers began to get longer,
which made it easier to grasp objects. Today human newborns have only
twenty-five percent of adult brain capacity, resulting in an extended period of
helplessness. Unlike humans, chimpanzees are born with sixty-five percent of
their adult brain capacity and an Australopithecine, an erect, tool-using near
human of three million years ago, was born with about fifty percent brain
capacity. Scientists have done research on the human brain trying to determine
why we do not use as much of our brain as primates, but so far all they have
found is that the development of the modern brain remains incomplete, therefore
we do not use it as much as we should. Today on Earth there are many languages,
varying from the place you are living. Prehistoric man are also said to have had
their own language, although we cannot prove this and only have little evidence
of it, scientists believe that they talked to each other in screams or grunts,
similar to gorillas and chimps. A large number of fossil bones and teeth have
been found in various places throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. Tools of
stone, bone, and wood, as well as fire hearths, campsites, and burials, also
have been discovered and examined. With all of the discoveries we have made we
are able to come up with a picture of what we believe early man looked like. One
group particularly talked about around the world is the Neanderthals. The

Neanderthals occupied Europe and the Middle East from 100,000 years ago until
about 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, when they disappeared from the fossil record.

Scientists dispute over the Neanderthals also involves the question of the
origins of modern population, or race. By some scientists, it is believed that
the color of our