July 03, 2004

Tooth and Claw

Many years ago, at a company Christmas party, the wife of one of the engineering staff was trying to explain to me why we humans shouldn't eat other animals. She claimed we hadn't evolved to eat meat, and offered my teeth as evidence. (Not hers; they were such a mess that the consensus at work was that her husband had no interest in receiving oral favors.) She asked me where was my equipment for cutting and tearing flesh. I answered by dramatically flicking my knife open.

It would appear that evolutionary science shares my take on the matter. I followed a trail of crumbs to an article which suggests that the knife may have been the key breakthru in the advance of mankind.

Posted by triticale at July 3, 2004 10:17 PM
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