african waterborne parasites

Alex Duncan aduncan at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Jul 11 17:24:10 EST 1995


Help!
        There's a long standing argument in sci.anthro.paleo about the
"Aquatic Ape Theory".  One of the protagonists suggests that early
hominids would have spent a lot of time in the water in order to escape
terrestrial predators.  Aside from the obvious fact that such a creature
would then be exposed to aquatic predators, it seems to me like a primate
who spend a lot of time in African waters would probably fall victim to
gobs of water-borne parasites.  Any comments?

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086
512-471-4206
aduncan at mail.utexas.edu



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