Are you lazy? Are you a procrastinator? If you are any of these or all of these then don’t feel guilty or blame yourselves. You have your ancestors to blame.

An archaeological dig in the Arabian Peninsula let the study group shed more light into the way Homo erectus made tools and collected resources. It was revealed that the primitives used the least-effort strategies to survive which got them into trouble when the environment around them changed.

Dr Ceri Shipton from the Australian National University School (ANU) of Culture, History and Language, said: “They really don’t seem to have been pushing themselves. I don’t get the sense they were explorers looking over the horizon. They didn’t have that same sense of wonder that we have.”

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The excavation site from where the scientists collected the information.

“To make their stone tools they would use whatever rocks they could find lying around their camp, which were mostly of comparatively low quality to what later stone tool makers used,” he added.

Dr Shipton also revealed that just a short distance away from the archaeological site, up the hill, the team discovered quality stones and rocks which would have helped the primitives in forging superior quality survival weapons and strategies. But Homo erectus species were not bothered to find out what was up there. They rather chose whatever bits that had rolled down lying at the bottom of the hill.

“They knew it was there, but because they had enough adequate resources they seem to have thought, why bother?“, said, Dr Ceri.

As per the scientists, this very laid back approach led to problematic situations for Homo erectus as their environment dried up but they were still using the same old survival strategies.

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Homo erectus

PS: For the ones who are now gonna bank upon the – “I’m lazy, blame my ancestors” thingy, let me remind you that your immediate forefathers were smart and hardworking. Home Sapiens used to wander to get needy stuff and transport them back over long distances. So you either start working or dry out like Homo erectus. The call is yours.



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