The Animal Connection In The Evolution Of Mankind

The Animal Connection In The Evolution Of Mankind

Caring for domesticated animals helped lead to the development of language and tools, claims an anthropologist.

Naresh Kumar
  • 6 august 2010

Caring for animals may have a big hand in the evolution of humans from early civilizations, says Pat Shipman, a paleoanthropologist at Penn State University. Shipman explores various prehistoric evidence to suggest that the connection between humans and animals led to the evolution of language, tools, weapons and domestication. She points to the earliest forms of language, cave paintings that often featured animals, suggesting that the conversations were about animals. The early man also used animals as living tools to help themselves adapt to new environments such as in deserts where he domesticated camels as a means of transportation.

Access this article for free
Fill in your email below and you'll gain access to this article while also receiving a number of membership features as part of a special 30-day trial.
*Already a member? Log in here

Learn About Our Membership Services

Need Research Help?
As a member you can ask us any research questions and get complimentary research assistance with a 4-day turnaround. Reports inclde stats, quotes, and best-inclass examples on research topics.
Remain Informed & Strategic
We publish several trends reports each month. By becoming a member you will have access to over 100 existing reports, plus a growing catalog of deep topical analysis and debrief-style reports so you always remain in the know.
See Trends Come To Life
Meet your peers and immerse yourself in monthly trend and innovation webinars and discounted conferences.
No search results found.