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The details have escaped my mind but I thought it was shown some time back that apes have an inherent fear of spiders (and perhaps snakes as well?). Perhaps some apes that were startled even killed the spiders purposefully - not sure on that one.

As part of evolution all of this makes perfect sense - but what fascinates me is that certain aspects of -fright- can get encoded into the brain and become part of the genetic package.

by Nomad on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 08:50:40 AM EST

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