Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
We're mammals as well as a type of bipedal primate, but I'm not sure we can be without a doubt defined as animals.
Animals depend quite a lot on instinct and humans do not. We quite simply have very few instincts, and the ones we have are almost useless. We have the longest childhood of any species, and must be taught everything from language to self care.
Big brains notwithstanding, we'd make pretty pathetic animals. No natural defenses such as claws or sharp teeth, insignificant or nonexistent instincts, and no fur or hair coat to protect us from the elements.
We're one of the few species to engage in sex merely for pleasure, and our females are the only ones who can achieve orgasm. Sexual orgasms in female animals aren't important, as they're not necessary for perpetuation of the species. Our estrus cycles are also not as clearly defined as they are in the animal kingdom. Yes, we have them, but the signals are extremely subtle and can be masked or even eliminated.
So yeah, mammalian primates, but somewhere down the ages we crossed the line when it comes to being classified as true animals.
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