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We Became Human to Get Away From Snakes

In evolutionary terms, humans may have gotten so smart because we needed to get away from poisonous snakes. This lends new credence to the Adam and Eve legend.

In LiveScience.com, Ker Than reports that anthropologist Lynne Isbell thinks that snakes and primates have a long history of trying to outsmart each other. Could the early writers of the Bible have intuited this?

Fossil and DNA evidence shows that snakes were already in the world 100 million years ago when the first mammals evolved. Primates are among the few animals with eyes that face forward, since most animals have eyes on the sides of their heads). Forward-facing eyes are what gives us the ability to see in 3-D, just as having two ears allows us to hear in stereo.

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