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New evidence suggests that to be truly human is to be partly wolf
McGhee is the Curator of Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and a
patron of the Wolves Ontario! Project. I highly recommend everyone to read his
brilliant article, 'Co-Evolution: New evidence suggests that to be truly human
is to be partly wolf', printed in the current issue (Winter 2002) of
'If humans domesticated the wolf, is it not equally probable that wolves
domesticated humans? '
McGhee writes about the pre-historical association between humans and wolves,
examining how these interactions may have influenced evolution.
Co-operative work patterns, devotion to family and social groups and
superior communication skills are all characteristics that our early ancestors
had to develop as they evolved from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens. These are the
very same characteristics biologists mention when describing their fascination
'If the arguments from prehistory are correct, we might begin to think of wolves
not as wilderness neighbors, but as our backwoods cousins.
And with this recognition of kinship, there comes a responsibility to
protect our distant relatives in the forest. Our species has persecuted and
continues to persecute wolves for entirely irrational reasons. In view of the
debt that humanity may owe to wolves, perhaps for our very existence as the
dominant species on earth, the time has come to make amends.'
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