Essay about The Differences Between Human And Non Human Organisms

1834 Words Oct 20th, 2016 8 Pages
Examining DNA sequence similarities seemingly shows humans are nearly identical to other species such as apes. However, the minor differences in genetic coding reveal a great deal about humanity. The clear separation between human and non-human organisms has fascinated society for generations, even laying the groundwork for modern-day conceptions of religious thought. Regardless of the exact reason for the distinguished nature of homo sapiens as evolutionary beings, clearly certain, shared traits set people about from what we collectivize as animals. While MacWhinney, Tattersall, and Yeats all posit different defining factors for humans in their respective pieces, they are all linked by the embedded concept of human consciousness, revealing that consciousness combined with other attributes shared with non-human specimens yields the development of humanity overall.
Millions of years ago, Ian Tattersall argues in The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE early hominids began developing cognitive and physical characteristics distinguishing the lineage from close ancestors such as Apes, setting the wheels of evolution in motion and leading to the development of human consciousness and homo sapiens overall. One of the first physical adaptations that allowed humanity to develop is our bipedal gait. Even initially when the differences in brain processing were not as large as modern-day, the bipedal posture allowed early members of the homo species to shift their body-weight to a more…

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