Jerry Falwell Just Spilled His Coffee

Friday, February 23, 2007

Jerry Falwell Just Spilled His Coffee

The anti-evolutionists of the Scopes era morphed into the Christian-Scientists of the 1970s and '80s and then, more recently, into the "intelligent design" crowd of the 1990s. But whomever they are and whatever they're calling themselves these days, I'm willing to bet at least some of them are in a pretty sour mood if they've read this WaPo story:
Chimpanzees living in the West African savannah have been observed fashioning deadly spears from sticks and using the tools to hunt small mammals — the first routine production of deadly weapons ever observed in animals other than humans.

... The new observations are "stunning," said Craig Stanford, a primatologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Southern California. "Really fashioning a weapon to get food — I'd say that's a first for any nonhuman animal."
And there was this interesting tidbit:
The landmark observation also supports the long-debated proposition that females — the main makers and users of spears among the Senegalese chimps — tend to be the innovators and creative problem solvers in primate culture.

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