- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (August 24, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0285629301
- ISBN-13: 978-0285629301
- Package Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aquatic Ape: Theory of Human Evolution Paperback – August 24, 1989
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very well presented theory of a semi-aquatic existence in our distant past.
Seems to be mostly shunned by modern science,
but the theory itself is undeniable in it's simplistic and relevant explanations for otherwise difficult to explain human peculiarities.
It's strange how a semi-aquatic past is an easily accepted theory by many for Elephants, and Pigs,
but deemed farfetched when considered for Humans
The book was in very good condition, and is a welcome edition to my library. Again, I am very pleased with Amazon...thank you.
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." It is difficult for science teachers in public schools to detail the "sex strike" as a means by which women motivated men to hunt, but this too provides a female-based alternative to the alpha male on the savanna. In comparison, "Aquatic Ape" should allow a teacher to encourage discussion of the role of women in human evolution by remaining in the realm of biology without treading into dangerous sex ed territory.