Before humans had developed to where we stand today, literally, we had tails. It’s unsure to what extent we were able to utilize these tails, and how long ago it was that we had them, but we still have traces of them today. It’s called the coccyx, also known as the tailbone, and it…doesn’t really do anything.
They aren’t long enough to be of any use, not even sticking out of our bodies, and it’s really just where the spine ends. We have longer tails relative to our bodies while in the womb, but they disappear as we grow. However, let us tell you from personal experience that it is no fun breaking your tailbone. Let’s just say sitting wasn’t an option for quite a while.
Diving in the Yucatan
The oldest evidence of people living in the Americas was found in the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, where for many years researchers found skeletons, though their existence was a bit of a mystery. However, in 2020, divers were exploring the nearby caves, which had been underwater for thousands of years, and found additional human remains. It was assumed the researchers were miners from ancient civilizations.
This was during an ice age, so water levels were much lower, something like twelve thousand years ago. At the end of the ice age, the caves flooded, and they’ve been underwater for the last eight thousand years (approximately). Somehow, this preserved the caves well enough for researchers to study the tactics of these early miners, who were likely after a pigment known as ocher.
The Reason We Get Morning Sickness
Having terrible nausea while you’re in your first trimester of pre-parenthood doesn’t sound like something that is great for the survival of the species, but it turns out this little evolutionary foible might have come in handy before the advent of fire. As pregnancy hormones surge, pregnant women couldn’t possibly stand eating something like eggs or meat, which might have been the point.
Before we could safely cook off dangerous bacteria, that sort of food was loaded with dangerous toxins that could have been bad for the baby. It also might have been a way for the mother to avoid getting sick while carrying a child, which wouldn’t have been good for the child, either. Unfortunately, now there isn’t much need for it, despite the fact that it’s still all too common.
Ugg No Eat Parsley – Just for Garnish
Just as humans today eat a wide variety of foods like meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and grains (yes, they’re a vegetable, we know), early humans did the exact same thing. They didn’t exactly have splurge days when they went to the store and got a box of donuts, though. Their omnivore diet consisted of anything they could find, and as much of it as they could keep away from the other members of the tribe.
It turns out that, as time went on, they even developed specific tools for cutting meat or chopping up plants, much like we have. Yes, that means that trying to figure out which fork to use while at a fancy dinner is a much older phenomenon than you might think.
South African Paradise
Early humans were able to survive the decidedly dangerous Toba volcanic eruption by settling in a place called Pinnacle Point in South Africa. Long before that volcanic winter arrived, some one hundred and seventy thousand years ago, humans were already living in the area. Research into the environment has found something interesting about the area at the time. Plenty of animals are hard-wired to migrate, but this place was so nice that it overruled that migratory instinct – antelope had constant good weather and abundant food, for instance.
There was no need to keep moving. The early humans that lived in the cave systems enjoyed it too since there was plenty of wonderful antelope to eat. This sort of amazing place and protection helped those same humans (much later, obviously) survive the horrific Toba eruption.