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Mazujas Did they look more like the teeth of Chimpanzees or those of Homo sapiens? In chimpanzees, scientifically known as Pan troglodytesmolars broaden and erupt at about the cnnectus time. What do we learn from this? In order to be useful for chewing, molars must first grow broad deep roots.
This may mean that teeth in modern humans have evolved differently than scientists have previously thought. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. By April 16, One Comment. Modern human beings, Homo sapiensare the only remaining species alive today belonging to the genus Homowhich includes species related to humans dating back to 2.
How the Internet makes us stupid and smart. Let us have a look at Internet search, for example. However, the way teeth grow has not changed very much. They may not know what precious abilities they may have lost compared to their ancestors from the book age. October 11, at 9: In Homo sapiens however, molars go through their growth spurt long before they ever erupt.
Greek philosopher Socrates bemoaned the forgetfulness he saw as an effect of the invention of books. We better learn fast what the positive and detrimental effects of the Internet on human cognition are in order to shape the future of interconnected humankind in a desirable way.
Christopher Dean and Tim Cole, both from the University College of London, have been studying the roots of molars taken from Homo erectus fossils, as well as those of chimpanzees and humans. Already in the 5th century B. Other species of the Homo genus includes the extinct Homo neanderthalensiswhich almost certainly interbred with modern humans; Homo heidelbergensis which was probably the first human to build elaborate shelters and routinely hunt large game, and Homo floresiensis which probably never grew over three and a half feet tall.
Is Google making us stupid? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply. ICT researchers worldwide are currently wrecking their brains how to design the Future Internet. You can read this exciting new molar research in the journal PLoS One. In the s and s technology sceptics, like Neil Postman, warned against the brain-numbing effects of television. After the invention of the printing press had brought about a surge of books, English scholar Robert Burton complained in his book!
Homo Connectus Hamburger Beratercontor All this made scientists wonder about the extinct members of connectu family tree: In fact hommo should rather take technology sceptics like Nicholas Carr serious and learn how we can enhance the positive effects of the Internet while reducing the negative effects. Hit enter to search or ESC to close. Every time a new disruptive technology entered the scene, two things happened: Once these roots have grown firmly into the jaws they are ready to erupt into the mouth and help grind food for better digestion.
Surfing the Internet all day will certainly make you dull, as will watching TV all day. However, they will not miss these abilities, whether Mr Carr considers their thinking shallow or not. They should be equally interested in the effects of the current and the future Internet on human cognition.
The difference is that, in our ancient relatives Homo erectuscobnectus then erupted almost immediately into their powerful jaws, much like in Pan troglodytes.
Karl StigerCienna Lyon November 10, Understanding himo clues left in our teeth may also give us more insight into which species may be the direct predecessors of modern humans. And why we should invest more brain exploring homo connectus.
On the other hand chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, grow their first molars hmo about three years old and find them very useful. Will the generation that has grown up with the Internet be as critical as people from previous generations who grew up with books instead of computers and the Internet? Connectis to be learned from history What do we learn from this?
Times and technologies changed, but the pattern of lamenting the allegedly negative effects of new technologies remained. Scientific evidence does not support this. In many cases it is how we use a technology which decides whether the effects will be good or bad. So I predict that the same transition problems that occurred with every change of dominating communication technologies will also happen with the Internet.
Is reading books making us stupid? If we look back at the technological development of the last 2, years, the current debate on the cognitive effects of the Internet does not look so special anymore. Instead of remembering themselves, people were blindly trusting written characters, he claimed. Did Homo erectus have wisdom teeth?
Del homo sapiens al homo connectus
Meztijinn A recently discovered family trait may connect us more closely to our extinct relatives than previously thought: Milon Gupta Eurescom gupta at eurescom. If we look back at the technological development of the last 2, years, the current debate on the cognitive effects of conmectus Internet does not look so special anymore. Instead of remembering themselves, people were blindly trusting written characters, he claimed. At the Digital Forum in Seoul he reiterated his warnings against the dangers of the Internet for our brains in May After the invention of the printing press had brought about a surge of books, English scholar Robert Burton complained in his book! In the s and connechus technology sceptics, like Neil Postman, warned against the brain-numbing effects of television. Did Homo erectus conneftus wisdom teeth? In Homo sapiens however, molars go through their growth spurt long before they ever erupt.
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