erst über das Schwitzen am Körper

English translation: ability to sweat to cool his body

20:41 Nov 16, 2006
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
German term or phrase: erst über das Schwitzen am Körper
Zudem wurde erst über das Schwitzen am Körper die Kommunikationsfähigkeit über Sprache für den „nackten Affen“ auch bei großer Hitze oder unter Anstrengung möglich.

Interesting concept, which had never entered my mind! But how would we phrase this?
Every time I try to phrase this, it ends up sounding as if the ability to communicate is "by means of sweat" or "through sweat", as if sweating was a form of language, rather than allowing early man to conserve energy to enable communication. Any ideas?
Gruffalo
Local time: 08:00
English translation:ability to sweat to cool his body
Explanation:
I think this is the gist of it:

The "human ape" was not able to use language to communicate when it was very hot or after strenuous exertion until he acquired the ability to sweat to cool his body.


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Note added at 28 mins (2006-11-16 21:10:49 GMT)
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"The second and more recently evolved function of the eccrine glands is the lowering of body temperature through the evaporation of sweat on the surface of the body. The hairy skin of monkeys and apes carries eccrine glands, but they are neither so active nor so numerous as in man. Modern man is equipped with between two and five million active sweat glands, and they play a vital part in cooling the body. The heat loss that results from the evaporation of water from a surface is enormously greater than that which could be expected to occur as a result of simple radiation. The fact that sweat contains salt necessitates a constant supply of the mineral if man is to survive in a tropical climate.

"It has been observed that like almost all mammals, primates sweat very little. Even hunting carnivores, such as dogs, lose heat by other means, such as panting. Sweating has evolved as a most important means of heat loss in man, a fact that is surely correlated with the loss of his body hair. The apparent importance in human evolution of achieving an effective means of heat loss indicates without doubt that early man was subject to intense muscular activity, with the production of much metabolic heat; he could not afford even the smallest variation in body temperature. With such a highly evolved brain, the maintenance of a really constant internal environment was a need of prime importance in human evolution."

http://home.entouch.net/dmd/sweat.htm

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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 02:00
Grading comment
Brilliant! Thanks Kim. The link has also proved helpful.
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erst über das Schwitzen am Koerper
ability to sweat to cool his body


Explanation:
I think this is the gist of it:

The "human ape" was not able to use language to communicate when it was very hot or after strenuous exertion until he acquired the ability to sweat to cool his body.


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Note added at 28 mins (2006-11-16 21:10:49 GMT)
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"The second and more recently evolved function of the eccrine glands is the lowering of body temperature through the evaporation of sweat on the surface of the body. The hairy skin of monkeys and apes carries eccrine glands, but they are neither so active nor so numerous as in man. Modern man is equipped with between two and five million active sweat glands, and they play a vital part in cooling the body. The heat loss that results from the evaporation of water from a surface is enormously greater than that which could be expected to occur as a result of simple radiation. The fact that sweat contains salt necessitates a constant supply of the mineral if man is to survive in a tropical climate.

"It has been observed that like almost all mammals, primates sweat very little. Even hunting carnivores, such as dogs, lose heat by other means, such as panting. Sweating has evolved as a most important means of heat loss in man, a fact that is surely correlated with the loss of his body hair. The apparent importance in human evolution of achieving an effective means of heat loss indicates without doubt that early man was subject to intense muscular activity, with the production of much metabolic heat; he could not afford even the smallest variation in body temperature. With such a highly evolved brain, the maintenance of a really constant internal environment was a need of prime importance in human evolution."

http://home.entouch.net/dmd/sweat.htm



Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 02:00
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 125
Grading comment
Brilliant! Thanks Kim. The link has also proved helpful.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ken Cox: make that 'during strenuous exertion', but still: a definite tip of the hat!
18 mins

agree  Susanne Rindlisbacher: Hooray for sweat
20 mins

agree  Bernhard Sulzer: was that around the time when the word "family tree" was first uttered?
1 hr

agree  Kieran McCann: indeed, difficult to talk while you're panting, I find
12 hrs

agree  Rebecca Garber
1 day 2 hrs
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