DeLayne asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 1 month ago

How come animals are born knowing how to swim? How come they never get cold and never need to wear coats? Are they superior to us humans?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    They definitely are in some aspects (probably in most, since humans are rather weak, slow and clumsy animals). They can also read our body language (dogs) and our emotions by looking at our faces.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Animals aren't born knowing how to swim, unless they're aquatic animals! A dog or horse or monkey has to learn.

  • 1 month ago

    The traditional explanation for our nine-month gestation period and helpless newborns is that natural selection favored childbirth at an earlier stage of fetal development to accommodate selection for both large brain size and upright locomotion—defining characteristics of the human lineage. In this view, adaptations to bipedalism restricted the width of the birth canal and, hence, the size of the baby that can pass through it. Human babies are thus born when their brains are less than 30 percent of adult brain size so that they can fit through the narrow passageway. They then continue development outside of the womb, with brain size nearly doubling in the first year.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If they are fish, they know how to swim when they are born. Scientists call behavior that are hardwired into the brain "instincts." Humans are born with instincts of course, but humans can learn a lot of new behaviors that other animals cannot learn, such as throwing a baseball or tap dancing. Animals do get cold. Some animals hibernate or become inactive when they are cold, and some animals generate their own body heat to stay warm. Humans generate our own body heat to stay warm. We evolved in the tropics in Africa, and people in the tropics do not need to wear clothes. Their main problem is losing heat quickly to avoid heat strokes. Wearing clothes would not allow them to do that. Humans evolved to wear clothes or animal skins when we migrated out of Africa to cold places like Europe and northern China.

    In some ways, some animals are superior to humans. Elephants, cows, horses and gorillas for example are much stronger than we are. Many animals can run a lot faster than we can. Some can fly (we cannot), and some kind echolocate so they can move around without hitting anything in total darkness. Many insects and birds can see ultraviolet colors. We cannot.

    No animal, however, is as smart as we are. Dolphins come close but not close enough. Our hands are unequaled in flexibility and that allows us to knit or make tools that are unequaled by any other animal.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You can find videos of infants being put into water and they are quite comfortable.   The problem is few cultivate this instinct, but rather replace it with a fear of water.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    All the advantages animals have don't really matter because humans have one key thing that no animals have.

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