Wreybies May 30, 2008
*Excellent! A fellow fan of etymology.*

I’ve not ever seen the word primate used outside of the secular scientific realm. Some web searching has evinced that you are correct! Interesting. :cool:

Within the world of anthropology (at least in America) the argument concerning what is the actual meaning of the word human is an old one. Does it mean the species we know as homo sapiens sapiens? Can the meaning be further expanded to include our closest evolutionary relatives, the Neanderthal? Can it go further out to include all creatures who claim the word homo in their species designator?

Does a human have to belong to our lineage at all?

After all, what does a humpback whale do with a thirty pound brain?

Is human a kind of being, or a state of being?