Wednesday February 4th 2015
The ancestor we share
with the Chimpanzee and the Bonobo, or Pygmy Chimpanzee,
shared an ancestor with the the ancestor of the Gorilla.
I'm going to call this ancestor Mrs. X. And you can
probably imagine how Mrs. X felt when one of her
children looked a little peculiar, a little flat faced
maybe, possessed of strange ears, a little prone to
tantrum perhaps, could have had thin wrists, and I'll
call this child Eric.
Odds are that
Eric spent much of his time staring at the other members of
his clan and wondering why he was different. Then in due
course following what I imagine was a hiatus of some sort
that decimated Mrs. X's clan some reluctant surviving female
was persuaded to bond with Eric, and if it hadn't been for
that moment you and I wouldn't be here and nor would the
Chimpanzee or the Bonobo or the Gorilla. And worth
mentioning I'll be co-celebrating my own birthday with "Eric
Day" this coming Saturday, probably with ice cream.