Darwin-L Message Log 5:167 (January 1994)

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<5:167>From azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu  Thu Jan 27 02:31:13 1994

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 94 02:39:23 CST
From: "asia z lerner" <azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: tools

	Have tools caused any noticable evolutionary change?  Or what changes
	might we expect because of technology?  I recall a sci-fi hypothesis
	that someday we'll be nothing more than brains in little scooters,
	because technology will make our limbs unnecessary.


Isn't it rather obvious that we are physically inferior to apes, that we
can't run as fast, jump as high, have less stamina, etc... It does not
seem too unreasonable to assume that toolmaking had a "hand" in this, by
making purely physical attributes less critical to survival.


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