KMO welcomes author and publisher Chip Walter back to the C-Realm to discuss recent findings in paleoanthropology. Chip has a new book out. It’s called Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and and Why We Survived, and in it, Chip describes the evolutionary process called neotony. It’s what makes adult humans look like baby apes, and it not only gave us a new phase of life, i.e. childhood, but it allow us to survive while so many fellow species of humans with whom we used to share this planet have gone extinct. We’ve certainly had some close shaves, and we’re certainly not out of danger in the present.
Music by Shanimal.