Aquatic Ape Theory
Sherman L. Griffith
slg at getnet.com
Tue Mar 5 13:30:10 EST 1996
skocher at itsmail1.hamilton.edu (Scott D. Kocher) wrote:
> Does anyone know about the Aquatic Ape Theory (AAT), which postulates
>that man descended from the apes only after undergoing a period of marine
>habitation? The theory attempts to explain why humans have oily skin and
>very few hairs, are bipedal, produce tears, breath through the nose, and
>some other strange adaptations which are unusual for terrestrial mammals.
> I came across the AAT home page on the Web, and was curious to know how
>legitimate this theory is for the rest of the scientific community.
>Scott D. Kocher
>Clinton, NY 13323
>skocher at hamilton.edu
Check out sci.anthropology.paleo archives for a rip-roaring
set of debates involving Elaine Morgan and others. The
"traditionalists" (my word) proceeded to shred the theory,
then EM rebutted with style and grace, and this repeated
IMHO neither Savannah, Mosaic, nor AAT has sufficient hard
evidence to be declared "winner". But what do I know...
It was one hell of a debate though!
Belief gets in the way of learning.
- Robert A. Heinlein -
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