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>>> <PTJN@aol.com> 07/09/98 08:03am >>>
In a message dated 7/9/98 3:06:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
ornstn@inforamp.net writes:

<< May I point out that WE evolved in an ice age climate? >>

Not really.  It is true that the _cultural_ identifiers of Homo
sapiens--refined toolmaking, art and regional trade--first appear in early
pre-glacial Europe, but anatomically modern humans are first seen in the
then) warm and dry middle east (and perhaps the southern most tip of
about 100,000 years ago. 

Wiwaxia sayeth:
Even this is problematic. The fact is the WE evolved in a post-glacial,
post-war period of various levels of stability and chaos.  We are not the
products of a glacial or interglacial period but of ancestors who survived
in one of those conditions and then survived further change. Our
ancestors evolved in a glacial period and their ancestors evolved in an
inter-glacial period and so ad infinitum. Evolution is never finished.  It is
on-going and each generation is subject to all the pressures of drift,
selection (sexual and natural), mutation and recombination in an attempt to
accomodate to the conditions of the ever-slipping away "now."