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from them. Something that you or I would scarcely recognize as Human."

"It looks Human," Lyta said. "Or mostly so."

Vacit shook his head. "Human beings are weak creatures. We have no claws, our teeth are relatively inoffensive when compared to those of, say, a tiger. As animals go, we are not strong, or fast. Instead, we developed tools and intelligence to help us survive. The best tool-users had the most children, and their children were better tool users. Our brains are built around ingenuity, curiosity, experimentation - tool use."

"Monkey see, monkey do. Human evolution in a nutshell," Garibaldi said. "So?"

"Here," Vacit replied, "the Vorlons were interested in none of those qualities. These cousins of ours were bred for only one thing - as hosts for telepath genes." He cocked his head. "Did you know that there are no intelligent races in which telepathy evolved naturally?"

Lyta frowned. "I thought there were a few."

"There weren't - for good reasons. A race that develops telepathy and telekenesis doesn't need intelligence. If you can sense any predator, then convince the predator you aren't there, why develop weapons to protect yourself from them? If you can sense game and call them to you, why develop complex hunting skills? Like claws or teeth, telepathy is too much a tool for direct-action. Once a species commits to a built-in weapon, evolution tends to continue the process of specialization, building around the weapon. That isn't the road to intelligence - the road to intelligence requires a commitment to generalization, not specialization. Human beings are the most general animals of all, physically. We have the same four kinds of teeth our most remote mammalian ancestors had. We have the same five-fingered paws that we inherited from reptiles.
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