What a fabulous article - I'm going to reread it and watch the video. Also going to look into your book.
Humans didn’t descend from aquatic apes, of course, although our Pleistocene ancestors were too slow & heavy for regular running over open plains as some anthropologists still believe. Instead, Homo populations during the Ice Ages (with sea-levels often 100 m lower than today) simply followed the coasts & rivers in Africa & Eurasia, eg, 800,000 years ago, they even reached Flores more than 18 km overseas.- google “econiche Homo”- eBook “Was Man more aquatic in the past?” introd.Phillip Tobias http://www.benthamscience.com/ebooks/9781608052448/index.htm- guest post at Greg Laden’s blog http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2013/01/30/common-misconceptions-and-unproven-assumptions-about-the-aquatic-ape-theory- http://greencomet.org/2013/05/26/aquatic-ape-the-theory-evolves/- Human Evolution confer.London 8–10.5.13 with David Attenborough, Don Johanson etc. www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/education/education-conference-centre/study-days-conferences/pages/2013-evolution.aspx
I think agriculture did favor the valuing of women. Men eventually just got tired of the dominance of women and there was a backlash against women in the places where they were the most dominant. Most prominently in the middle East with the rise of the monotheistic religions.
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