I am intrigued by the idea of the first humans. Somewhere on the African plains a small group of chimp-like apes were isolated from other groups and underwent various mutations. Within that group the genes became distinct and a series of beneficial changes created sufficient difference to be considered a new species.
There had to be a moment when those changes were distinct enough to be considered human. A mother held her baby in her arms. When it took its first steps human civilization was born.
I am aware that in practice this would have been a continuum and that moment would be arbitrary but it is nice to give it a concrete moment.
The strength of humans, which gives us our dominance on this planet, is due to our ingenuity/intelligence and ability to solve problems coupled with our teamwork. We, as hunters, even with weapons, when on our own, were no match for predators, but when in a group we proved formidable. Our brains created technology, weapons, civilization, war, hunting, farming and religion.
I just hope that our abilities are sufficient to deal with the huge problems we are creating ourselves.
Treading the grass
Of the savannah
With the cunning
Of a predator.
Brother to the right
In trust of
Lies the strength,
Cold and calculated
Throughout their length.