Notes from Close Encounters with Humankind


Finished reading Close Encounters with Humankind recently. The writing is not great but it did contain several interesting facts I’m still mulling over, so hey.

A few favorite notions:

  • Some of our earliest tools were used to break open bones so we could eat the marrow.
  • One reason humans may have lost our “fur” was so we could hunt during the hotter parts of the day when lions were sleeping.
  • The real game-changer in bipedalism (walking upright) was that our hands were now free to use tools.

I wrote a poem to help remember the first one: