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Why Are Humans Unique and Superior to All Other Animals?

Human and chimp holding hands

Modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) are not just incrementally superior to any other hominid or animal; we’re qualitatively different, both as the only known technologically-intelligent species and by virtue of dozens of unique abilities.

It is not a claim but a demonstrable fact that anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) are vastly superior to every other form of life and, for whatever reason, all the genetic mutations that make us unique and confer over 40 traits and behaviors that result in evolutionary advantages over every other animal, occurred within a short period of time, within just one genus, and nowhere else.

(Image Credit: Edward K. Watson)

 

At some point in the recent past, and within a span of just tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years (a blink of an eye, evolutionally-speaking), man developed the ability to speak and articulate words; walk with an upright posture (which freed our hands and allowed us to hold tools and objects); have unusually dexterous hands and fingers (which allowed precise and steady manipulation of objects); shoulders with a remarkably large range of motion (which allowed us to throw objects or aim weapons with unparalleled accuracy, especially while running); an extraordinarily large and complex cerebral cortex (which gave us the ability to think abstractly and symbolically, such as by creating and understanding cave paintings); a brain that allows language processing in multiple languages and the transmission and comprehension of intricate instruction and details by oral, visual, tactile, and audial (e.g., using drums and trumpets as signals) modes; the capacity to think abstractly of what others are thinking; inquisitiveness (acquiring information just for the sake of having knowledge); and dozens of other abilities (reading and writing, wearing clothes, create and use fire, and so forth).

We have evolutionary evidence going back billions of years with millions of species, and we’ve never seen just one of these traits and behaviors replicated in any other species outside the archaic human Homo sapiens by evolutionary change. Not one. And yet, they all appeared in just one genus, within a time span too short for these major evolutionary changes to occur.

It is as if someone or something did some germline genetic modifications to one or more hominids at some point or points in the past hundred thousand years that drastically altered Homo sapiens to create the anatomically modern human Homo sapiens sapiens.

One or two genetic mutations are certainly possible, but what kind of mutations can explain all of modern humans' unique characteristics, especially when there are no precedents in millions of other species despite over 650 million years of animal evolution?

We have no models to show how it can be done and the more we learn about genetics, the harder it is to justify the absence of deliberate design in explaining why we’re so different and so superior to every other animal.