Newest link in the chain disconnects
I propose that Mother Nature has greater plans for us than what she has been able to achieve and that we are living amid a growth spurt in human evolution. Let’s review the developments. In 1974, researchers came across bone fragments in Ethiopia that represented a crossroads in evolution.
Lucy, as they called her, was a hairy, apelike creature that lived 3.2 million years ago. She had a small brain like a chimpanzee’s. But her legs were longer and arms shorter than her simian cousin’s.
What set her apart was a knee structure that allowed her to walk upright — a dubious gift, considering she lived in the treetops. Lucy is thought to have fallen to her death.
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Liulichang,Beijing’s300year-oldculturalmarket,has beenrestoredtoitsoriginal styleafternearly40shops alongthestreetwerecompletelyrebuiltintraditional style.
The1-kilometer-longstreet looksasitdidduringthe QingDynasty(1644-1911), whentheancientcapital’s residentswenttheretobuy calligraphyandpaintings.
The 800-year-old Liulichang market has been developed into a hub for
Lucy was a link in an evolutionary chain that over 1 million years led from her to the early human species Homo erectus, or Upright Man.
Homo erectus had lost the protective hair covering, but had many advantages over apes. Digestive changes permitted him to gorge on meat, nourishing his larger brain with protein. He put this brainpower to work developing hand tools and taming fire, and he thrived in small hunter-gatherer social groups.
Homo erectus subspecies followed, some of which, like Peking man and Nanjing Man, lived in China. But they eventually died out and were replaced about 200,000 years ago by Homo sapiens, Wise Man.
That’s us, sleeker than Erectus, more of a thinker, and drawn to social structures. Are we the pinnacle of the evolutionary chain?
We have our faults, like antiques and cultural products in the capital.
During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it saw many businessmen and vendors dealing in curios and old books. The tradition continues to this day, with the China Bookstore, Rongbaozhai, Laixunge and Yidege being the market’s most famous antiques stores.
As one of Beijing’s 25 protected historical and cultural areas in the old city area, it attracts large groups of tourists and devotees of traditional culture.
In recent years, the municipal and district govern- our meager protective covering. Having to walk everywhere can be tiresome. And let’s face it, the constant crowds can be damned annoying.
Note, too, Mother Nature takes her time: a million years for Erectus, a million or two for Sapiens.
A new human species is emerging, and they’re taking matters into their own hands.
Erectus used his larger ments have made great progress in improving the infrastructure and restoring the original appearance of the area, including building parking lots and cracking down on illegal structures.
While protecting the alley brain to make primitive tools to shape the world around him. Sapiens is lifting this skill to new heights to move himself up the evolutionary ladder.
You can see them among us. They are creative, like Sapiens, but where the Wise Man used his talents to cut a path through the world around him, the newcomers cut off that world.
They zip by in hermetically sealed, tinted-windowed, air-conditioned automobiles. They distractedly meander along sidewalks, earplugs in, eyes hidden behind sunglasses and glued to small hand-held screens.
These screens are the portal to the virtual world they frequent, where they congregate in virtual social organizations and amass virtual friends.
Virtually a new species. Behold, Homo disconnectus.
Contact the writer at email@example.com from rapid urbanization, local authorities have also embraced the internet age with Liulichang’s first online auctions held last year.
The move has enhanced the street’s brand value and reputation.
Children play inside an installation by artist Wolfgang Buttress, at Kew Gardens in London on Saturday.