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The Last Hominide Standing...

We are the last Hominidae standing... 
Well, at this moment in time / history / as far as we can predict into a reasonable future (but Planet of the Apes starts in 2011 and the original story is set in 3978!)  By that time apes have started bipedal movement.  And are standing quite well.  I say this to point out that it is far too early (in evolutionary terms) to say H. sapiens is the last of the Hominidae (all apes - who knows why the gibbons were separated out?).  And our future is very questionable - given our terrible politics of division - our count down clock to nuclear (doomsday clock - 100 seconds to midnight!) annihilation,  our refusal to deal with human climate destabilization, and our inability to curb our desires. 
Each of those species on the tree of life is at the pinnacle of evolution!  We H. sapiens are just one, and just happen to hold the cat-bird seat in the food pyramid.  That could change quite quickly - it did for the dino's back in the day (KT-day). 
But h…

Collaboration is the KEY to your Survival

What do you think of this statement? Is it too bold, completely wrong, or just off the mark?
The group behavior of collaboration beyond local group boundaries has allowed Homo Sapiens (Latin: wise man) to be the last of it's kind - by being the "fittest" survivor in the  Hominidae family (order Primates).
So just to set the record straight - we have outperformed - in the fitness for purpose regarding our cousins:  extinct species H. habilis, H. erectus, and H. heidelbergensis as well as the Neanderthals.
Some would believe that the "survival of the fittest" refers to strength and physical ability - which I'm told the Neanderthals far outperformed H. sapiens; it does not refer to physical fitness (a common misconception). And in this adaption to purpose our ancestors' collaborative skills made them one heck of a star performer. Take a contrived example - you're with a band of travelers and Thag the fire bearer has fallen off a cliff into a raging to…