The Space-Age Origins of 'Planet of the Apes'

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our handy guide to the space origins of the "Planet of the Apes" films

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Since the mid-Seventies, neither hide nor hair of the "Planet of the Apes" has been seen in any official capacity, other than the occasional re-run on late night television or the 1998 release of the 30th anniversary collection of re-mastered films on video. Despite its conspicuous absence and significant changes in the sociopolitical environment (such as the end of the Cold War), the popularity of the "Apes" franchise has continued to grow, making it a permanent fixture in the pantheon of popular culture. Over the years, references to "Planet of the Apes" have been spotted in a number of interesting places, including:

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The possibility of a remake of "Planet of the Apes" has been the source of much speculation and rumor mongering since the early Nineties, as the highly-prized project has been bandied about Hollywood, passing from one director to the next. In late 1993, the project was first announced by a producing team that was headed up by Oliver Stone (""). The script they had, scribed by Terry Hayes (""), featured a scientist trying to solve a genetic disease that is causing babies to die of old age as soon as they are born. Somehow, by manipulating his mitochondrial DNA, he is able to travel back in time, where he discovers an ape-dominated society trying to pre-empt man's evolution.

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Except for New Guinean highlanders, initial European contact with all of those relict populations was universally disastrous, just as and elsewhere for centuries. Those initial contacts happened in anthropology’s early days, and studied the Andamans in the early 20th century, when they were tattered remnants of the people of a century earlier. The people were also devastated by European invasion. When the Dutch invaded what became South Africa, the Southern San were driven to extinction while the !Kung survived in the . Andamans, !Kung, and Aboriginal Australians all had/have strikingly similar religious ceremonies, which were marathon singing and dancing sessions that could last all night. Some rituals lasted for months. Their rituals are very likely what the first religions looked like, which were strenuous ordeals in which people reached frenzied states that left them exhausted. Today’s leading hypothesis is that those rituals created group cohesion that held their society together. The social glue of monkey and ape societies is grooming, but humans seem to have , and those early rituals further cemented the bonds.

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What heads that list may well be the primary trait that led to UP’s dominance of Earth: their mastery of language. Although social communication via sound may have and perhaps even earlier, and had , and Neanderthals had , scientists strongly suspect that the mastery of language that today’s humans display probably allowed humans to rapidly develop their technology and culture. It was humanity’s first Internet: a way to communicate ideas and information in a way previously unfeasible and even unimaginable, at a level of sophistication that no other land animal ever achieved. That invention provided the opportunity for sharing complex ideas, which created positive feedback loops that allowed for quicker cultural and technological advances. That is not fanciful speculation; linguistics, the study of brain abnormalities, and genetics testing has converged on what seems the most plausible hypothesis today, although in these areas the controversies can be fierce.

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Stone tools and the control of fire had energy consequences to the human line far above all other effects. Whether they happened within a few hundred thousand years of each other, or were separated by more than a million years, they were the key technical/mental/social advances in early humanity’s ability to survive on Earth and expand its range to eventually cover the planet.