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What Am I Thinking: HOW & WHY Are We, The ‘Sapiens’, Standing Singularly Alone?

by Anura Guruge



I drove for 9.5 hours, to Acadia & back, Wednesday/Thursday of this week. That gave me a LOT of time to THINK. And this was one of the THINKS that popped into my stack & kept me THINKING.

Evolution, at least within our niche in the world (meaning the ‘Ape’ family (& i.e., Hominoidea)) seems to have STOPPED.

Chimps & gorillas don’t seem to be getting any smarter? Shouldn’t they. That is how we came to be us. We evolved. While I don’t expect chimps to be us, why haven’t they got CLOSER.

Also, within the ‘Homo Erectus‘ family. There were a LOT of splits & we & the Neanderthals lived side-by-side for quite a long time.

NO MORE. We are alone.

How come we haven’t seen a SPLIT?

Worth THINKING about. Well worth THINKING about.

I came home & serendipitously found this book. I have been listening to it, as an Amazon Audible (for FREE), yesterday & today — during my 100-minute walks.

Bingo. The book addresses my concern right up front.

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So, it would appear that this was a GOOD THINK.

I am not done yet. The book hasn’t answered all my questions. But, it has given me more to TH


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Normal Body Temperature Of An Orangutan.

by Anura Guruge



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Picture taken by I, in May 2015, at the Philadelphia Zoo.


It is indeed hard to imagine, but there are still ‘answers’ (to relatively simple queries) that you just cannot find on the Internet! Yes, it is quite incredible.

I ran into one yesterday. I thought it would be a piece of cake.

I just wanted to know the normal body temperature of an orangutan.

A pretty simple and straightforward query.

I just could NOT find it. I spent at least 40 minutes and I Google fast and intensely.

Finding that of chimpanzees was trivial. Gorillas‘ was slightly harder but could be located. NOT SO for orangutans.

I, however, lucked out.

I searched Facebook for ‘orangutans’ and found the “Orangutan Species Survival Plan” (SSP). I sent them a message.

I had an answer (above) within 4 hours — from somebody who actually takes ear temperatures of orangutans. I was very grateful and in awe.

Why did I need this information.

Of course for a book I am writing.

I just needed to comment on how the body temperatures of the Great Apes, which includes us, stack up. Do we all have the same body temperature?

I deduced one thing — quite fast. Taking body temperatures of adult gorillas is probably not something that you want to do regularly.

Now with this post I have hopefully PLUGGED another hole that existed in the Internet!


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