- Carl Safina: 2 million years ago, evolution gave world a gift, but humans didn't get it
- Chimps (male-dominated, aggressive, and genetically similar to humans) and bonobos (female-dominated, friendly, sexy) diverged
- Safina: I'd like to think humans have capacity to retrieve bonobo's happy, peaceful vibe
Carl Safina is the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. His books include Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Something like 2 million years ago, evolution gave the world a gift that's still sitting there wrapped in a bow. The problem is that it was delivered to the wrong address; we humans didn't get it.