Re: Did humans evolve in a bonobo-like social organization?
- --- In AAT@yahoogroups.com, "artemistroy" <artemis@s...> wrote:
> I have returned to throw this article in[snip]
> the faces of my detractors and naysayers.
> Not only do we have a plausible explanation for
> neoteny, ...
> How does this explanation for neoteny compare[snip]
> to Craig Hagstrom's "males preferred youthful
> looking femes, so femes evolved neoteny to
> improve their chances for "male" selection. LOL!
> ... in selecting for docility,I covered this in The Passionate Ape. I discussed
> they inadvertently selected for paedomorphism--
> the retention of juvenile features into
> adulthood--such as curly tails and floppy
> ears found in wild pups but not in wild adults,
> Like the foxes, humans have become more agreeable
> as we've become more domesticated.
the social value of paedomorphism, including the
lower tendency to aggression, both in humans and in
other species including domesticated dogs.
I outlined several different forces leading to human
neoteny. They included the practical value of
reducing canines and skulls in general for flotation,
the social value of reducing aggression in
groups, the male preference for young (naive)
females, and more.
Too bad you didn't read my book, since you spend so
much time mis-telling its points.