Tripin 2019 - page 40

Yuga), human evolution took a major leap with
the introduction of the genis “Homo”. Homo
habilis were the first group of primates that
were able to utilize tools. By about 1.8 million
years ago, Homo erectus and Homo ergaster
made their debut. Homo ergaster was found
primarily in Africa, while Homo erectus was
located in Eurasia. Studies of these two species
suggest that Homo ergaster had a smaller
cranial capacity while its cousin Homo erectus
a larger one. Studies of Homo erectus’ skeletal
structure indicate that Homo erectus was robust,
which suggests that they were stronger than
contemporary man.
In addition to these physical changes, sites where
the bones of Homo erectus have been discovered
show evidence that these early men lived in
small communities, living in huts as temporary
shelters, wore clothes and created stone tools.
In a nutshell, they began to display early signs
of civilization, a trait that had not been seen
before in any other primate group. These “ape
men” literally did live during the Treta Yuga.
Are the Vanara of myth our ancestors?
It is interesting to note that the name Adam’s
Bridge came from an Islamic legend which
maintains that Adam, the first man on earth,
traveled across this bridge when he was
expelled from paradise. Could Adam, the “first
man” and our distant relative also have been a
Homo erectus?
Even though the earliest known written copy
of the Ramayana only dates back to 1500 BCE
this epic tale is believed to be much older.
Is Adam’s Bridge the same one described in
literature? I think so.
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