Not quite the story you think you know

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The sun rose over a perfect garden: lush, fruitful, populated by a wide variety of plants and animals and fungi. Two primates woke from their slumber, stretched their limbs, and rose to perform their morning ablutions down by the river.

“I’ve been thinking,” the male said, half to himself and half to his female companion, “that this whole setup seems somewhat…