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1 the place Do Animals Come From? A nimals—or as smooth scientists may say nonhuman animals—share the realm with us, and they're in all places. bugs, spiders, and mice soak up place of abode in human dwellings, and nobody is ever very faraway from a rat. humans percentage their houses with spouse animals—pets—that have discovered to deal with themselves to human methods. canine, first welcomed as looking companions, have lived with humans for approximately , years. Cats got here interior approximately , years in the past, most likely whilst youngsters followed orphaned kittens that grew up with a style for the comforts of the fireplace and scraps from the desk. formerly, they earned their residing looking mice and rats in grain shops as regards to human dwellings. To a poultry, a tall construction is corresponding to a precipice, supplying nesting websites and, for peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), perches from which to dive onto prey. From the earliest occasions, humans have lived with nonhumans and questioned approximately them. How did they originate? each tradition has a narrative describing the beginning of people, yet what approximately nonhumans? all through heritage, many folks have believed that people own souls that live to tell the tale after the physique has died. Do nonhumans have related souls? smooth Western technology started in old Greece. This bankruptcy describes Greek principles in regards to the starting place of animals and compares those with the ideals of old Egypt and of a few local American peoples. 1 2 ANIMALS the weather students settle for that Greek philosophy started with a college of thinkers, the 1st of whom used to be Thales of Miletus (ca. – . . . ). Miletus used to be a Greek buying and selling urban at the coast of what's now Turkey. in view that lengthy earlier than Thales, although, Greeks had meditated and speculated approximately how the area they observed round them got here to be how it was once. They sought to provide an explanation for issues, and to take action they had to notice the elemental substance from which every thing is made. sooner than Thales, the Greeks had attributed every little thing to the activities of supernatural beings. Thales rejected this concept, insisting that common gadgets and phenomena had ordinary, now not supernatural, causes. He was once pressured to take action, simply because supernatural reasons finally lead nowhere. If a god formed sheep, farm animals, and different animals, which god used to be it? And why did the god lead them to? How did the god come to reside within the sky or the forests within the first position? The questions move on perpetually, and after all the solutions inform humans not anything priceless in regards to the animals they're purported to be describing. Thales sought causes for the area. He believed that water used to be the main basic substance of all. He taught that the Earth floats on water and that earthquakes are brought on by waves within the cosmic ocean. Anaximander (ca. – . . . ), a follower of Thales, disagreed. even supposing he authorized that every thing originated from a unmarried simple substance, he maintained that that substance couldn't be water, simply because water can simply be rainy, so issues made up of water can't be dry. equally, fireplace can simply be scorching, so chilly issues can't be made up of hearth.