TravelManagers business model allows more client and family time

first_imgTravelManagers’ business model allows more client and family timeTravelManagers’ Business Model Allows More Client & Family TimeAfter numerous years in a traditional retail travel environment, it was the commission structure and flexibility that TravelManagers’ home-based consulting offered that attracted husband and wife team Ian Long and Shani Driver representative for Bridges in Queensland, to join the company.“Flexibility, work life balance and limitless financial opportunities were our three key drivers for becoming a home-based personal travel manager and TravelManagers has catered perfectly to all of these needs. Their business model has left us in control of our own destiny and enables us to financially and effectively work within an ever increasing and competitive market. We have the flexibility to provide the personal service our clients deserve, yet have the support to help grow our client base locally while having access to competitive prices and commissions,” says Long.Having the time to really go the extra mile for clients is a key driver for the personal travel managers.“The commission structure at TravelManagers isn’t capped so the goal posts do not move with the more you earn. This has enabled us to earn a fantastic salary, in fact we do less bookings and earn more. We can now spend more time with our clients providing tailor made itineraries and the service they deserve, we have extra time for our family and time to enjoy the benefits of being a travel professional.  We now attend famils and are completely comfortable taking the time off to continue to learn about travel, knowing that we are not at all disadvantaged financially,” says Driver.Nearly three years on and Long and Driver haven’t looked back.“We were recently sitting having breakfast at Brisbane Airport awaiting to pick up our client returning from a cruise. It was a beautiful day, we were in shorts and t-shirts and took time to reflect back to our previous life. It would have been our usual 8.30am morning meeting being drilled by our team leader on how we were going to make six bookings that day. Instead we are in our shorts, having coffee and providing our client with the extra personal service that is so important to us. Although we’ve worked hard to get here, we also appreciate the life that TravelManagers has given us. Without their business model, we would probably still be in those morning meetings!”Long had spent time researching the company prior to making the move.“After studying the company online and observing the backing of House of Travel my initial perception was this is a company who cares about its profits and its consultants wages at the same time. Now from experience my wife and I can both testify it has the balance right and continues to move with the industry to look after both itself and the personal travel managers it supports.”TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal, says Long and Driver epitomize exactly what TravelManagers is about.“Ian and Shani are absolute professionals with a strong focus on customer service and experience which is reflective of the quality and professionalism of all of our 500 plus personal travel managers across Australia.”Gazal confirms the demand for the personal travel manager concept is strong.“Our company philosophies further cement TravelManagers’ standing in the industry and naturally we are seeing more interest from travel agency owners and managers to join our business model.”Gazal further adds, “When you’re dealing with a personal travel manager you’re dealing with the boss. They’re local, motivated and well informed. That’s why they’re proving to be so popular with both leisure and corporate clients and also why the personal travel manager model is so attractive to travel consultants. They work under their own steam, when and where they choose, achieve greater flexibility for family and social life and in addition to the remuneration being very attractive.”TravelManagers is well on its way to reaching the 550 personal travel managers milestone.“Moving to TravelManagers was my most successful move in my business career to date. And with over 500 personal travel managers within the group, you can’t argue with that,” says Long. TravelManagersSource = TravelManagerslast_img read more

June 15 2016The Prescott Jazz Society presents JA

first_imgJune 15, 2016The Prescott Jazz Society presents JAZZ SPLASH – JUNETEETNTH FESTIVAL 
”The American Jazz Timeline II” this coming Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016A two-day festival celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation through all-American jazz, blues and Dance with Funk from world-class musicians. This year’s 2016 Juneteenth Festival will honor the memory of the late Muhammad Ali.Sat. 11 am–11 pmBoogie Woogie/Stride Piano 
Blues
Jazz
Dance with Funk FrequencySun. 11 am–7 pmBe-Bop/Hard Bop 
Beyond Bop
[Cabaret] *
Finale
Performers:
                
Jonathan BestEric Williams
MUDDBONE Trio
R.D. Olson Band
Funk Frequency’s Michael Weight and Trial by Fire’s Carlton Godwin

Festival will conclude with Sunday’s annual Larry Wilson Cabaret Show featuring Phoenix Diva, vocalist SHERRY ROBERSON w/ Pianist Harold Land, Bassist Ray Carter, Drummer Leslie Daniels and Festival Director Milt Cannon saxophonist.Admission: $5/day 
Free for Teens and Jazz Society Members 
[Cabaret: $25 separate admission]* For tickets and more information,
928.237.7908 • www.pjazz.orglast_img read more

Rep Noble invites residents to open office hour in Plymouth

first_img State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth will host an open office hour on Monday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Plymouth Township Hall Multi-Function Room located at 9955 N. Haggerty Road in Plymouth.“I am committed to meeting residents and discussing matters of state government,” Rep. Noble said. “I look forward to hearing about what issues are important to people in my district.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or via email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov. 08Sep Rep. Noble invites residents to open office hour in Plymouth Categories: Noble Newslast_img

These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Not including games, Netflix was the world’s No. 1 grossing app of 2017, a spot held by Spotify in 2016 and communication app Line in 2015, according to new data from mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower.”The streaming video giant saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million last year according to our estimates, representing a huge year-over-year increase of 138 percent, or about 2.4 times the $215 million users spent in the app during 2016,” Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s Head of Mobile Insights, wrote in a Friday blog post.Dating app Tinder also had a good 2017, ranking as the world’s No. 2 grossing non-game app. Line came in third, while Pandora and China’s Tencent Video rounded out the top five, respectively. Overall, mobile users spent about $60 billion in apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play last year.Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Facebook’s main app came in second in terms of downloads, followed by Facebook Messenger, then another Facebook-owned app: Instagram. Snapchat ranked No. 5.As for games, the Japanese hit Monster Strike ranked as the world’s top grossing mobile game of 2017. It was also the highest-earning mobile app overall, for a third consecutive year. China’s Honor of Kings came in second, followed by Fate/Grand Order, Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga.”Last year’s global sensation Pokémon Go didn’t crack the overall or App Store revenue top 10, despite sustained efforts by publisher Niantic to reignite the frenzy of 2016 with new Pokémon and other content,” Nelson wrote. –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apps Reportercenter_img Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Add to Queue January 15, 2018 These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017 Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower.last_img read more

11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Contributor Thomas Smale Conferences Add to Queue Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founder of FE International January 27, 2016 11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016 Your business can demand major time — especially when you’re first getting set up or you’re in the midst of growing and scaling. But if you burn the candle on both ends, or sacrifice your health and relationships, your efforts are all for naught. Sometimes, it’s necessary to step away from your business to gain perspective.Related: 7 Conferences for Entrepreneurs Under 30Conferences can be a great way to take a break. Traveling to them, participating in their sessions and workshops and networking with other business owners can help you get out of a rut if you’re in one, think more strategically about your business and be in touch with people who can help you.Not that you need to go to every conference that’s out there. What’s important is to take time to recharge, and return to your business ready to tackle new challenges. As a business owner, I’ve also found speaking to be an effective way to grow my business. So, with those things in mind, here is a list, compiled by my team, of 11 of our favorite ecommerce conferences.1. The 10x E-Commerce EventWith over 25 speakers and 18 sessions, the 2016 10x E-Commerce Event this February will focus entirely on tactics you can use to drive more qualified traffic to your site, then convert these people into buying customers. You will learn about the ins and outs of conversion optimization, customer retention, A/B testing, marketing automation and much more.This year’s keynote speakers are Ashlee Vance, Paco Underhill and Timothy Seward. The summit will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, February 10-12.2. eTail WesteTail West will be held in Palm Springs, California, February 22-25. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics like content marketing, mobile engagement, data and various pain points and areas that affect your business. This year’s keynote speakers include Ron Boire, Kelly McGann, Eric Anderson, Eoin Comerford, Jen Cotter and David Katz.Other eTail events will be held throughout the year at various locations:eTail Germany will be held in Berlin March 8-10.eTail Canada will be in Toronto, Ontario, May 16-19.eTail Europe happens in London, England, June 21-23.eTail East will be in Boston, August 15-18.3. eCommerceFuel LiveeCommerceFuel Live is made up of an exclusive group of six-and-seven-figure independent store owners. This year’s keynote speakers include Miracle Wanzo, Paul Lepa and David Heacock. The event will be held at The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature world-class musical entertainment. This three-day conference will happen October 7-10.4. MivaconAre you looking to learn about industry best practices, SEO, conversion optimization, content marketing, international ecommerce, trends in ecommerce and other related topics? The beginner-friendly Mivacon will be held in San Diego, March 9-11. The conference schedule has yet to be announced in full, but Rick Wilson will be one of the keynote speakers. 5. Sellers’ Conference For Online EntrepreneursThe Sellers’ Conference for Online Entrepreneurs — or SCOE — will be held in Philadelphia, March 23-25. The speaker roster includes Emily Murray, Rob Wray, Ashvin Kumar, Chris McCabe and others. At SCOE, you will learn about tools and trends in improving your online selling, driving more sales, optimizing your product and service offerings, expanding globally and more. The main focus is on sellers who use Amazon, eBay, Sears, Etsy and the like.Related: Conferences Are Good for Networking but Great for Marketing6. Imagine CommerceImagine Commerce is being held in Las Vegas, April 11-13. A premier Magento commerce conference, Imagine brings together more than 2,500 merchants, developers, partners and experts from more than 45 countries worldwide. Past years’ speakers have included keynotes from Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Wynn and sessions featuring brands and retailers like Toys R Us, Rebecca Minkoff, 3M, Kendra Scott, Zoetis and others.7. Internet Retailer Conference + ExhibitionThe Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition — or IRCE — offers access to some of the leading industry experts and a one-of-a-kind exhibit hall displaying 600 of the latest solution providers. The 2016 speaker roster is comprised of Raj Aggarwal, Kelli Agnich, Gene Alvarez, Adam Audette, Rick Backus, Amy Ballantyne Rapawy and others.8. Sellers SummitSellers Summit offers an intense “workshop” experience focusing on up-to-date actionable insights — instead of feel-good stories — that entrepreneurs can use to grow their revenues. Speakers include event host Steve Chou, Scott Voelker, Greg Mercer, Toni Anderson, Andrew Youderian, Eric Siu, Spencer Haws, Andreea Ayers, Autumn Wyda, and others. The Sellers Summit takes place in Miami, May 19-21.9. Freedom Fast Lane LiveDetails are as of yet forthcoming for the 2016 Freedom Fast Lane Live conference, but it’s sure to be an incredible experience. Speaker Ryan Moran, for instance, is a true ecommerce expert. At F2L2, you will have the opportunity to meet, connect with and learn from industry leaders to stretch your mindset and be challenged to think beyond what you believe is possible in your business. My team at FE International loved the 2015 event. 10. Retail GlobalRetail Global occurs September 20-22 in Las Vegas. Its primary area of focus will be international commerce. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from speakers from across the world and build a network of trusted contacts. This year’s speakers have yet to be announced.11. SHOPTALKFocusing on tech-based disruption in ecommerce, SHOPTALK will be held in Las Vegas May 15-18. Its wide range of speakers will include Casey Carl, Daphne Carmeli, Tracy Dinunzio, Ron Johnson, Tim Kendall, Katrina Lake, Raghav Lal, Brian Lee, Marc Lore, Julie Wainright, Janie Yu and others. At SHOPTALK, you can expect to learn the latest trends in engaging consumers.Final thoughtsAs a business owner, you’ll find that the most important investment you can make is in yourself and the future of your business. Conferences give you the chance to learn, grow and connect with others who are successful in their respective fields.Certainly, there are lots of great events out there; and it can be hard to know which to choose. But, ultimately, you will benefit from the experience, no matter what. It isn’t all about what you learn, but rather the decisions you make coming out of a conference, and the new connections you make.Related: 8 Tips to Be an Awesome Networker at Conferences 6 min read –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Twitter to Employees Well Pay You to Stick Around

first_img Reuters Image credit: Brian Solis | Wikimedia Commons Enroll Now for $5 March 10, 2016 Twitter to Employees: We’ll Pay You to Stick Around –shares Jack Dorsey, Twitter. Twitter Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Twitter Inc. has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Wall Street Journal reported.Four top executives left the company in January, the biggest leadership exodus since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.The departures added to concerns about the company’s ability to make its product more engaging and generate more money from advertising.Twitter has been offering cash bonuses to some employees, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 as an incentive to keep them around for another six months to a year, the Journal reported on Wednesday.The company has also granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value lost since they joined the company, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Twitter’s shares have lost more than 60 percent of their value over the past 12 months.”Competitive compensation, strong leadership and a confidence in the direction of the company are all key elements to having top talent,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email.”We are investing in all three areas to ensure we maintain these employees,” she said, without providing further details.Dorsey said in October he would give a third of his stock in the company, a stake of about 1 percent, to the employee equity pool.Later that month, he spoke about “hiring and investing in talent” and the need for “bold rethinking.”Twitter showed no growth in users in the fourth quarter. That was the first time that had happened since the company went public in 2013.Twitter’s shares were unchanged at $17.66 in light premarket trading.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Anil D’Silva) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Legal scholars sound alarm on academies report about returning research results to

first_img Source:http://www.umn.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018In a Policy Forum article appearing in the Oct. 12 issue of Science, leading bioethics and legal scholars sound the alarm about a recent report from National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The Academies’ report on “Returning Individual Research Results to Participants” makes recommendations on how to share research results and data with people who agree to participate in research studies and calls for problematic changes to federal law. This report proclaims its support for research participants’ rights but, in reality, creates major new roadblocks to the return of data and results to participants and would roll back important privacy protections people have under current law, according to the analysis in the new Science article.The article’s authors, Susan M. Wolf and Barbara J. Evans, collaborated as part of the “LawSeqSM: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application” project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Wolf is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and is Chair of the University’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Evans is the Mary Ann and Lawrence E. Faust Professor of Law, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology & Law at the University of Houston.”Researchers conducting imaging, environmental health, and genetics studies have offered participants their research findings for years,” Wolf and Evans point out. Research participants value access to their results for a wide range of reasons, including protecting their health, and evaluating the privacy risks posed by circulation of their data. People value access to results even when the results are still under study and may be uncertain. Over the past 20 years, researchers have developed pathways for returning results in situations where the results raise clinical concerns, such as suggesting that the person may have a medical condition that needs clinical follow-up evaluation. These pathways are ethically sound and protect the participants’ safety by ensuring compliance with necessary laws and regulations. Unfortunately, the Policy Forum article asserts, “the Academies’ report rejects this widely supported, legally sound approach” and instead recommends restrictions on access to research results and data.Related StoriesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchWolf and Evans write that, “Efforts to turn back the clock on return of results appear rooted in confusion about the law.” The Academies’ report incorporates incorrect statements about the federal CLIA legal framework, which aims to ensure the quality of laboratory tests conducted for health care purposes.The report overstates the degree to which research laboratories can be regulated under the CLIA statute.The Academies’ report also conflicts with existing federal privacy laws that protect research participants’ access to their own data. For more than 50 years, Congress has treated individual access to one’s own data as an essential element of personal privacy protection, as seen in the Privacy Act that protects data stored in governmental databases, the HIPAA Privacy Rule that protects Americans’ medical privacy, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act that expanded HIPAA’s protections to genetic information. Only by seeing the personal data collected can an individual assess the privacy risks involved. Yet the Academies’ report recommends that an individual’s access to their data be restricted to the subset of data that meets certain quality standards. Wolf and Evans explain how this would undermine federal privacy protections, which recognize that privacy can be put at risk even by low- quality data and data that is wrongly attributed to a person.Finally, the Policy Forum article criticizes the Academies’ recommendation to load multiple decisions about return of results on Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). This would place “substantial new burdens on IRBs, despite extensive literature on the limits of IRB decision making.” The report “maximizes the burden on IRBs by mischaracterizing existing consensus guidelines and suggesting that IRBs start over.”Wolf and Evans conclude, “The Academies’ report endorses the idea of participant access to results and data, but then builds daunting barriers. The report rejects established legal rights of access, two decades of consensus guidelines, and abundant data showing that participants benefit from access while incurring little risk. The report too often prefers paternalistic silence over partnership.””True progress on return of results requires accepting participants’ established rights of access and respecting the value that participants place on broad access to their data and results. The next step is not to build barriers but to promote transparency.”last_img read more

Japans ANA to order 30 Boeing 18 Airbus planes

first_imgANA Holdings said it would buy 30 Boeing and 18 Airbus planes, citing growing demand in the region and increased inbound tourism to Japan © 2019 AFP Airbus sells 65 jets to SMBC Aviation Capital Explore further The operator of Japan’s All Nippon Airways said Tuesday it has decided to order a total of 48 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus for deliveries from 2021 through 2025.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Japan’s ANA to order 30 Boeing, 18 Airbus planes (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-japan-ana-boeing-airbus-planes.html ANA Holdings said it would buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes and 18 Airbus A320neo units, citing growing demand in the region and increased inbound tourism to Japan.The company said the 30 Boeing jets would have a catalogue price of 383 billion yen ($3.5 billion), adding that the firm has so far confirmed orders for 20 units, with an option to buy 10 more.The 18 Airbus orders are all confirmed, but the engines manufacturer is yet to be decided, the company said.For now, the Airbus deal has a catalogue price of 166 billion yen, ANA Holdings said.The deal makes ANA the first Japanese buyer of the Boeing model, while the Airbus A320neo already serves ANA’s international routes.The company praised the fuel efficiency of the two models.Separately, the Japanese firm also said it will spend $95 million to buy 9.5 percent of PAL Holdings, which operates flag carrier Philippine Airlines.”Asia is a key growth market and we believe Philippine Airlines is in an excellent operational position to capitalise on both the strong uptick in air traffic growth as well as the vibrant, expanding Philippine economy,” ANA Holdings President Shinya Katanozaka said in a statement.For nine months to December, ANA Holdings said its net profit dropped 30.2 percent to 106.8 billion yen.The fall was due partly to comparison effects as the previous year saw special income related to making low-cost carrier Peach Aviation its subsidiary.The company also paid $58 million to settle a class action lawsuit in the US related to an anti-trust allegation.The firm’s nine-month operating profit dropped 5.6 percent to 156.6 billion yen, while overall sales rose 5.2 percent to 1,568 billion yen.Severe natural disasters in Japan as well as rising fuel prices also weighed on the firm’s bottom line.But generally strong demand for both domestic and international air travel was supporting the firm’s financial performance, the company said.The firm kept its annual forecasts for a net profit of 102 billion yen and an operating profit of 165 billion yen on sales of 2.04 trillion yen.last_img read more

Why Havent All Primates Evolved into Humans

first_img Lucy belongs to one of the best known early human species, Australopithecus afarensis, which lived about 3.85 million to 2.95 million years ago. Credit: Copyright Field Museum; photographer John Weinstein Why Humans Outlive Apes “Some difference in habitat selection probably would’ve been the the first notable behavioral change,” Isbell said. “To get bipedalism going, our ancestors would have gone into habitats that didn’t have closed canopies. They would have had to travel more on the ground in places where trees were more spread out.” The rest is human evolutionary history. As for the chimps, just because they stayed in the trees doesn’t mean they stopped evolving. A genetic analysis published in 2010 suggests that their ancestors split from ancestral bonobos 930,000 years ago, and that the ancestors of three living subspecies diverged 460,000 years ago. Central and eastern chimps became distinct only 93,000 years ago. “They’re clearly doing a good job at being chimps,” Pobiner said. “They’re still around, and as long as we don’t destroy their habitat, they probably will be” for many years to come. While we were migrating around the globe, inventing agriculture and visiting the moon, chimpanzees — our closest living relatives — stayed in the trees, where they ate fruit and hunted monkeys. Modern chimps have been around for longer than modern humans have (less than 1 million years compared to 300,000 for Homo sapiens, according to the most recent estimates), but we’ve been on separate evolutionary paths for 6 million or 7 million years. If we think of chimps as our cousins, our last common ancestor is like a great, great grandmother with only two living descendants. But why did one of her evolutionary offspring go on to accomplish so much more than the other? [Chimps vs. Humans: How Are We Different?]  AdvertisementWhy Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall?For years, scientists have studied how leaves prepare for the annual show of fall color. The molecules behind bright yellows and oranges are well understood, but brilliant reds remain a bit of a mystery.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?01:23关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/32503-why-havent-all-primates-evolved-into-humans.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:3901:39  Could Evolution Ever Bring Back the Dinosaurs?center_img “The reason other primates aren’t evolving into humans is that they’re doing just fine,” Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., told Live Science. All primates alive today, including mountain gorillas in Uganda, howler monkeys in the Americas, and lemurs in Madagascar, have proven that they can thrive in their natural habitats. “Evolution isn’t a progression,” said Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. “It’s about how well organisms fit into their current environments.” In the eyes of scientists who study evolution, humans aren’t “more evolved” than other primates, and we certainly haven’t won the so-called evolutionary game. While extreme adaptability lets humans manipulate very different environments to meet our needs, that ability isn’t enough to put humans at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Take, for instance, ants. “Ants are as or more successful than we are,” Isbell told Live Science. “There are so many more ants in the world than humans, and they’re well-adapted to where they’re living.” While ants haven’t developed writing (though they did invent agriculture long before we existed), they’re enormously successful insects. They just aren’t obviously excellent at all of the things humans tend to care about, which happens to be the things humans excel at. “We have this idea of the fittest being the strongest or the fastest, but all you really have to do to win the evolutionary game is survive and reproduce,” Pobiner said. Our ancestors’ divergence from ancestral chimps is a good example. While we don’t have a complete fossil record for humans or chimps, scientists have combined fossil evidence with genetic and behavioral clues gleaned from living primates to learn about the now-extinct species whose descendants would become humans and chimps. “We don’t have its remains, and I’m not sure if we’d be able to place it with certainty in the human lineage it if we did,” Isbell said. Scientists think this creature looked more like a chimpanzee than a human, and it probably spent most of its time in the canopy of forests dense enough that it could travel from tree to tree without touching the ground, Isbell said. Scientists think ancestral humans began distinguishing themselves from ancestral chimps when they started spending more time on the ground. Perhaps our ancestors were looking for food as they explored new habitats, Isbell said. “Our earliest ancestors that diverged from our common ancestor with chimpanzees would have been adept at both climbing in trees and walking on the ground,” Isbell said. It was more recently — maybe 3 million years ago — that these ancestors’ legs began to grow longer and their big toes turned forward, allowing them to become mostly full-time walkers. Why Do Some Animals Eat Their Own Poop? Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndoDr. Marty Nature's Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat Food3 Signs Something’s Wrong Inside Your Cat’s BodyDr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat FoodUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoUltimate Pet NutritionIf Your Indoor Cat Vomits (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet NutritionUndolast_img read more