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Darwin-L Message Log 2:151 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<2:151>From SLREVIEW@ucs.indiana.edu  Fri Oct 29 12:10:55 1993

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 93 12:14:29 EST
From: MATA KIMASITA YO <SLREVIEW@ucs.indiana.edu>
Subject: questions and comments re cavemen discussion
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

	A friend off list, following the caveman discussion off-list
	through my forwards to him, questions and comments as follows:

 Will anyone mention Aristotle's ref to pygmies, and their warfare with
the cranes?

 Although Aristotle was pretty sure that pygmies were animals, in
later centuries some suggest that they are humans. Others deny that
they exist and excuse Aristotle for having been fooled, probably by a
distant sighting of orang outangs.

 I'm struck by the lack of human remains in the painted caves,
which suggests that the painters didn't live there. There is some lit
on "wildmen" in the Middle Ages, but I haven't looked at it, nor have
I seen any ref to wildmen in discussions of animal soul.

 Gorillas were not seen alive by white people until the 20th
century...

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