Aquatic Ape Hypothesis by Elaine Morgan

Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

byElaine Morgan

Kobo ebook | March 31, 2017

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Why do humans differ from other primates? What do those differences tell us about human evolution? Elaine Morgan gives a revolutionary hypothesis that explains our anatomic anomalies—why we walk on two legs, why we are covered in fat, why we can control our rate of breathing. The answers point to one conclusion: millions of years ago our ancestors were trapped in a semi-aquatic environment. In presenting her case Elaine Morgan forces scientists to question accepted theories of human evolution, while expressing complex ideas for the general reader in a clear and accessible style. A documentary by Sir David Attenborough, The Waterside Ape, is based on Morgan's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis.

Title:Aquatic Ape HypothesisFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 31, 2017Publisher:Souvenir PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0285639811

ISBN - 13:9780285639812


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thought Provoking Read The evolution of Homo sapiens can be a controversial topic amongst the scientific community and as a species we have acquired many traits not seen in other extant great apes of today. Why did we choose bipedalism? Why do we have less hair on our bodies? Why can we talk? Most importantly why do we have an infinity for the water? Elaine Morgan provides an alternate hypothesis on why we are the way we are, instead of fleeing the trees for a mosaic savannah landscape life style, our bodies were forced to evolve traits akin to an living in or near an aquatic habitat as such becoming an Aquatic Ape. A worth while read for those interested in human evolution and open to learning other sides of a story albeit not an accepted theory by most current human evolutionary studies. The Aquatic Ape Theory does pose some thought provoking queries and Morgan provides plausible scientific research and anatomical comparisons of living species to support her evolutionary claim. The book can be a dry read if your not used to scientific papers, nomenclature and doing some searching of you own, but it is an enjoyable read worth the time pondering on the theory. Who knows maybe down the road discoveries will determine if we truly are Aqua sapiens.
Date published: 2017-11-17