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DON JOHANSON: So a clever hominid who was aware of a leopard's activities likethis would really be able to capitalize on a kill. So at this time in ourevolution, about a million years ago, Homo erectus was the most intelligentanimal around. But there was a price to pay for having such a large brain,bringing us to an unexpected turning point in the human story. Getting a bigHomo erectus brain through a pelvis, still only a little larger than Lucy's,would have made giving birth impossible. The solution for Erectus was nodifferent than for modern humans. In the first year of life, the brains ofthese babies nearly triple in size. The brain of a newborn is just smallenough to make the birth process possible, but gestation continues for anotheryear outside the womb as the brain continues to grow. Other animals, such asthese baboons, have quite a different pattern of brain growth. Their newbornhave almost fully developed brains. With most of their brain growth behindthem, they're soon very active and independent. But human infants, becausetheir brains have so much more growing to do in their first year, are almost ashelpless as if they were still inside the womb. This demands around the clockcare to protect the infant, keep it warm and provide it with nourishment. Inthe first year of life, because the human brain almost triples in size, itconsumes lots of calories. This also implies a family organization to supporta long period of total dependency. By the time of Homo erectus, this familypattern must have been firmly established. Because of their large brains, Homoerectus gave birth to helpless, defenseless infants, much as we do today. Evenwith their ability to scavenge well, Homo erectus parents must have been pushedto the limit to provide for themselves and their offspring. With this insightinto the life of Homo erectus, we catch a glimpse of an ancestor that was veryhuman-like. They had substantially enlarged brains, they had a body build verymuch like our own, and they made sophisticated tools. And soon, they wouldunleash a new very different sort of tool. One that would effect every part oftheir lives, the way they prepared their food, the way they altered the worldaround themselves, even the way they interacted with each other, and this wouldbe a powerful new force, one that would be feared by all other animals. Stormslike this and the fires ignited by lightning must have been terrifying. But amillion years ago, our ancestors saw fire in a new way. The realized thatunlike other animals, they didn't have to run, and this fearsome force ofnature could be used to their advantage. Fire provided warmth, a light in thedarkness and a way to cook food for the first time. It scared predators awayand was a place to gather round. Fire changed the course of human history andallowed our ancestors to leave Africa and roam the rest of the world. Homoerectus was so incredibly successful as a species, its basic way of liferemained essentially unchanged for over a million years. But soon that was tochange, and to change abruptly with the appearance of people who looked andacted like us.
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16. Grant Palmer, An Insider's View of Mormon Origins (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, 2002), 179. According to Lucy Mack Smith, the "Lord appeared unto a young man by the name of Oliver Cowdery and showed unto him the plates in a vision." EMD 1: 379.
Later comments that could clarify the language used in the testimony of the eight witnesses are scarce, but several historians and researchers recount a statement made by John Whitmer that makes their experience sound similar to the three witnesses. Whitmer was excommunicated from the LDS Church on March 10, 1838 along with W.W. Phelps. Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer would also be excommunicated a month later. On April 5, 1839 Theodore Turley challenged John Whitmer to either affirm or deny his testimony regarding the gold plates. Whitmer responded by saying the plates 'were shown to me by a supernatural power" (History of the Church 3:307). Why would supernatural power be necessary if the plates actually existed?