On a much lighter note, the BBC reports that orangs show an involuntary behaviour that resembles contagious laughter.
Dr Marina Davila Ross from the University of Portsmouth commented,
“What is clear now is the building blocks of positive emotional contagion and empathy that refer to rapid involuntary facial mimicry in humans evolved prior to humankind.”
I’ve definitely seen dogs laugh before, but apparently they were thinking more along the lines of an ancestral primate rather than an ancestral mammal.
Speaking of which, kudos to the BBC for the following:
“an ancient primate ancestral to both humans and modern apes”.
There is much confusion amongst our creationist friends over whether we are or ain’t descended from no monkeys. The question of “if evolution is true, how come there are still monkeys?” still raises its ugly head on a regular basis (who the hell is teaching these people biology?). So it’s good to see a mass media outlet specify the nature of this relationship.
BBC, you are forgiven for your recent transgressions. I still love you.