Out of Africa: our ancestors’ Pliocene Eden

For our australopithecine ancestors who lived in East Africa more than 3 million years ago, being on safari was the only way to be. I am convinced that so many generations, and such a cosmic amount of time spent by the hominid lineage as part of the African bush must have left a deep imprint in the hominid brain -including our own.

Australopithecus afarensis mother and child. Not a mere evolutionary step towards humanity, but a species perfectly adapted to the woodlands of Pliocene Africa
Afarensis-con-cria baja

No matter if we live in Europe or New Zealand, when we allow ourselves the time and the silence to listen to our deepest self, we may well find that we miss Africa, even if we have never been there.
A shady gallery forest surrounding a cool stream, and giving way to sunny prairies and open woodlands, that is our original home; herds of elephants, three toed horses and antelopes, that is the “traffic” we were designed to mind; sabertooth cats with dappled coats concealed among the light and shade of the vegetation, that is the danger we are hard-wired to beware. Africa made us, and we are made for Africa.
I don´t know about you, but I can hardly wait to return there when I can!

A pair of Australopithecus afarensis out for a walk in their African home. Elephants, giraffids, rhinoceroses and antelopes were daily encounters while moving in and out of the woods in search of food


Posted on 13/03/2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Is the middle elephantid a Loxodonta sp? Or are they all Elepas recki? Marvelous rendition regardless!

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