Evolutionists: Here is a question that came to me this morning as I watched a newborn calf nurse for his first time: If every mammal born has to nurse (from whales to bears), and they know what to do and where to find it, that they are born mostly in secret, how is it that human babies are completely completely completely dependent upon their parents for survival? The animals in the wild get latched on and nurse with no outside help. My take, what I observe, will follow.
Well since you're asking people who believe in evolution, Im going with you want an explanation as to why we evolved this way?
It's been a while since I took bio, so this isnt going to be the most articulate or complete answer, maybe someone will fill in the gaps...
This comes down to instinct and why humans dont have as much or rely on it as much as other animals, and I think the reason is we have this capacity to learn and adapt the way other animals simply do not. We can survive in any climate, surrounded by any sort of vegetation, or predator, this isnt true of most (maybe all) other species of mammals. If we relied on instinct, this would limit our ability to be flexible and adapt to whatever situation we were born into. So the price for our intelligence is helplessness for the first couple of years...
Also the fact that we have such a complicated language and way of communiting might have something to do with it (I cant really remember at this point)
The one trait that humans have is a large brain relative to the size of their body. The limiting factor on how large our brain can be is fitting through through the birth canal.
An evolutionary trick we have is that humans are born earlier in their development than other mamals. Most other mamals are born nearly ready to walk. Humans take a year to develop this ability. We are born with our brain in a far earlier state of development than other mamals and after we are born it continues to develop. If our gestation time was 21 months women's birth canal would have to be so wide that they would not be able to walk. We are basically born prematurely compared to other mamals.
Your premise is wrong. The other animals don't "know" where to nurse. By instinct they are attracted to the scent of the mother's milk and once finding the source they have an instinct to suckle. The mother makes her teats available to her offspring and their instinct takes over.
The same applies to primates and humans except that they are more helpless than other animals and have to be cradled in the mother's arm in order to instinctively start suckling.
Dear warmheart, Human keep their children for many, many years...other mammals eventually turn their backs on their off spring in some a few short months. They reproduce yearly, humans are able to but do not typically produce every year until they are no longer fertile. So if we follow evolution we have matured to this stage and one can only think it is a better way. Sue...good luck
Ancestral humans, while assuming an erect posture caused the birth canal to reduce in size while, encephalization occured, led to babies being born earlier in development. the baby's large cranium is nearly too big to fit through the woman's pelvis. After birth, infants require parental attention. Newborn humans are essentially fetuses for another nine months after birth.
Ethmer, who gave them the instinct to nurse? And how do they smell the milk through the skin to know to nurse? Most of the time, after birth and after a few nursings, then the milk may "come in" and be so full that the udder will leak. Not before, because there is a waxy plug in the nipple that has to be sucked, or squeezed out. And who put that little detail there?
Your right because when animals babys are born most of them all ready know how to walk or crawl and find there mothers by her scent thats breed into them as so as most baby animals are born they can walk or crawl
humans when first born are only born with one instict and that is to suck other then that,, humans are completely helpless
Nature/evolution gave them the instinct to nurse. I think that there is leakage of milk by the mother animal enough for the baby animal to sense it but in any event the sucking instinct is so strong that if they get anywhere near the teat they will start nursing.
Human babies are more fragile than the infants of many other species, because they can be. Human mothers are intelligent enough to know to help them. We have yet to find any traits or behaviors in humans or animals that could not have easily evolved.
Because, when God created us he wanted us to learn that we are more than just ourselves. I believe that the relationship between parents and child gives us an example of our dependence upon God, even if we don't realize how dependent we are
Many social animals display particular affection toward select individuals in the group, and display signs of sorrow when one of those 'loved ones' goes missing.
Why would we not call that love?
I don't know...I guess its just the way we evolved or soemthing but this is a very good question and I have no idea!!!
God created us to Love, animals don't love they are primarialy instinctive.