- Hardcover: 170 pages
- Publisher: Stein & Day Pub; First Edition edition (November 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812828739
- ISBN-13: 978-0812828733
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Aquatic Ape Hardcover – November, 1982
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If you want this for it's place in feminist history, or the history of the AAT, then go ahead and buy it.
Otherwise, I suggest you buy "the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis" by the same author. While it is of no notable feminist import, it is considerably more up to date for the AAT/AAH, better written, better researched (25 years more research went into it), with more evidence, better references, and so on and so forth. Also see "the Descent of the Child", and "the Scars of Evolution", again by the same author.
Be warned that this is the only significantly feminist work by THIS Elaine Morgan. There is a DIFFERENT Elaine Morgan who has written such books as "Women and Society".
Biology textbooks often offer the "just so" story of human evolution: driven from the forests by drought, survival on the savanna by group hunting and scavenging that required language development and promoted tool use─all centering on the man as hunter. "Wrong!" shouts Elaine Morgan, who champions Professor Alister Hardy's aquatic ape theory, a theory that "explains" our unusual hair patterns, our plump babies, our upright stance, even our primordial fears of spider and snake-like critters (crabs and eels?).
"Descent of Woman" is an earlier version, and slightly "heavier-handed." "The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis" was written several decades after this book and incorporates even more data. This intermediate version includes the "diving reflex" of marine mammals that is also found in humans, but is less rigorous, less detailed. Rigor and detail are essential if you are going to debate in the expert science arena; but for popular understanding "Aquatic Ape" is an initial alternative "just so" story for high school students to ponder.
There are additional books espousing the importance of understanding females to understand modern human traits that are based on softer sciences. Some argue that "culture as a symbolic system resulted from an immense social, sexual, and political revolution initiated by women" and that "Culture became established when evolving human females began to assert collective control over their own sexuality, refusing sex to all males except those who came to them with provisions.Read more ›
The book was in very good condition, and is a welcome edition to my library. Again, I am very pleased with Amazon...thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book. Clarifies her first book, Descent of Woman even further. Morgan is a very easy read. I definitely recommend.Published 2 months ago by Rabiah Lewis
Elaine Morgan's newish interpretation of the evolution theory is fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. Beautiful black and white pictures fill this bookPublished 9 months ago by Samuel W.
Loved the idea and the author really makes some good points. Of course everyone is going to scream convergent evolution but I am not a big believer in coincidences.Published on January 25, 2013 by M. Landers
Check this out. Makes you wonder about our origins and if there are missing pieces of the puzzle. Explains a lot but also presents more questionsPublished on December 12, 2012 by A. Mcintyre