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2. A Brief History of Wayfinding > 2.2. Human Wayfinding in Natural Habitats

Human Wayfinding in Natural Habitats

What single characteristic distinguishes humans from all other animals? Our labels reflect attempts to answer this question. Homo habilis or “handy man” suggests the importance of tool use. Homo erectus or “upright man” emphasizes hands-free, heads-up, bipedal locomotion. And, Homo sapiens or “thinking man” invokes the value of intelligence and the capacity for language. In truth, we have much in common with our fellow creatures, including identical chunks of DNA and a common evolutionary heritage dating back four billion years. And for most of our history, we’ve wandered the same natural habitats without the benefit of compass, map, or signpost. It’s no surprise that animals and ....


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