Human Physical Characteristics
All species of plants and animals are evolved by Angelic intelligences from a previously existing species. Each minor modification of the genes must also be accompanied by changes in the Vital Body on the Etheric Plane of existence, and this too is accomplished by Angelic design. But many changes in this dual framework are forced by outer circumstances such as competing species in the environment, climate or radical changes in the ecosystems where the species must try to exist. Our Angelic Creators must continually be watchful of negative conditions which their animal creations may have to endure and then add or subtract drives, instincts and physical characteristics that will help the species find a niche for survival and be programmed to automatically behave in optimum ways.
Mankind's predecessors were subject to such emergency measures that probably helped dictate our physical appearance and change our abilities in directions that were not originally planned by our Creators. Several million years ago the forests and jungles of Africa disappeared due to a drought lasting millennia, and the primates that eventually were to be consciously evolved into our species were placed into a precarious situation without the trees up which they normally climbed to escape the large carnivores. These primates were in real danger of being eaten into extinction.
The diminished availability of vegetation forced some bands of primates to learn to eat a variety of foods that were not normally their favorites. These foods might include insects and a number of plant and animal species that could easily be found along the seashore, such as clams and seaweed. Since such items were generally plentiful along the seashore, the bands of primates that settled along the seashore were not only able to survive but to thrive. Another valuable asset to living on the beaches was the safety it provided against the large cats. When threatened, the apes needed only to dash into the sea to thwart pursuit by the cats and then wait until the predators left.
This situation lasted about a million years; and during that period, Angels helped to better guarantee the survival of these seashore apes that were destined to be the forebears of mankind. The first changes were to make them effective swimmers and be at home in the environment of the sea. In order to reduce friction while swimming, the species was made hairless the same way that many other land-dwelling animals that took to the sea full time were evolved. But head hair was allowed continuous long growth in order to better protect against the sun and to provide an easy grasp for their babies while in the water. To this day the human species has an affinity for water, and human babies are able to swim instinctively from birth. The apes gave birth in the sea since it was so much easier than on land. In order to better protect the eyes from the glare of the sun on the water, muscles were evolved in the cheeks and brows to squint. We today have inherited that unique ability among the animal world. A shield was built over the nostrils in the form of a nose so that swimming wouldn't fill nostrils facing the stream of water through which the ape swam.
In order to make these apes more streamlined and to give them better strength for swimming, the legs were evolved to be in a straight line with the trunk instead of the doglegged or bowlegged shape of other primates. We see that the strength of monkeys and apes is concentrated in their arms for swinging from branch to branch as their primary means of locomotion, leaving their legs comparatively short and weak. The seashore apes were given long, strong, straight legs, which in later stages of evolution provided good running ability and stamina for long migrations.
Our present fear of spiders and snakes is a brain imprint we inherited from the seashore apes that was designed to make them wary of crabs and moray eels, which have the same general shape of spiders and snakes. The moray could be fatal to a diving ape merely by grasping a toe or finger and holding on until the ape drowned. The crabs were a damaging threat to an ape resting on the shore or standing in the shallows. But by and large, seashore apes had comparatively few predators to worry them, while they in turn acquired an appetite for the flesh of many sea creatures. Certainly, they ate the fish that washed up on shore even if they couldn't catch them live.
Were it not for the unusual drought affecting the forests of Africa, human beings might have even more in common with the physical appearance of apes of today. The opposable thumb that humans have was probably developed to serve our ancestral seashore apes; but our larynx and brain center, which allows speech, probably evolved in a later species. Angels selected migrants among those seashore apes of long ago to become the forbears of the fully human species that descended another million years later on a continent in the Pacific Ocean. It was into these bodies that human Egos were given to incarnate and become the entire family of man today.