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Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

Postby Brian Jordan » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:23 pm

I've just stumbled across a pair of half-hour Radio 4 programmes by David Attenborough. He argues that after 30 years, Elaine Morgan's ideas of a semi-aquatic period in human evolution are becoming increasingly acceptable and better supported. It's early days to talk about evidence for the hypothesis but I wonder whether it contradicts the known fossil record?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/sca ... tion.shtml
There's a substantial archive of science programmes at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/ including one with three broadcasts on recent discoveries in human origins and evolution. I look forward to listening to these:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/ori ... ited.shtml
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Postby Roger Stanyard » Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:52 pm

Kyuuketsuki wrote:... the Aquatic Ape hypothesis.

Kyu


I've just read Andrew Brown's book The Darwin Wars in which he concludes that AAH is good science even though it might be proven wrong. However, I'm not sure just what Brown's standing is these days; he took a hell of a bashing when he wrote the book getting for ten years ago.

Just as an aside AAH sugegsts that acquatic mammals are more playful that dry land mammals and this is supporting evidence for the AAH hypothesis/theory. Well I happen to live near an otter sanctuary and have got to know the species quite well. (To say they are inquisitive is a gross understatement.) Apparently one of the party tricks that has been observed with them in captivity is that they will run up to a bulloch, pull its tail and scarper before the creature has enough time to kick them.

Anyone got any views on Andrew Brown's book, btw?
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Postby Dave Oldridge » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:53 am

On 24 Jul 2007 at 12:07, Kyuuketsuki wrote:

... the Aquatic Ape hypothesis
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_ape).

Interesting article. The section on bipedalism missed the fact
that arctic hares run very rapidly by hopping on their hind legs.
I'm not sure what the advantage is, though maybe it gives them
more turning ability. I've watched them dodge wolf and dog
attacks this way and the predator is clearly at a disadvantage.


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Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

Postby Anonymous » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:12 am

Increasingly accepted? Nonsense.

http://www.aquaticape.org/
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Postby Anonymous » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:28 am

Roger Stanyard wrote:
Kyuuketsuki wrote:
... the Aquatic Ape hypothesis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_ape).

Kyu


I've just read Andrew Brown's book The Darwin Wars in which he concludes that AAH is good science

Well that is one portion of his book then which is wrong. AAH is so bad
it is banned from my Paleoanthro list.
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Postby Kekerusey » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:10 am

Mike Brass wrote:Increasingly accepted? Nonsense.

http://www.aquaticape.org/


... there it is!!!

I remember seeing that page when I did a bit of "research" when a friend of mine claimed something or other about this ... I couldn't find it this time (mind you I didn't try very hard) and so simply cited the Wikipedia link on it.

Thanks for that :)

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Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

Postby Anonymous » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:42 am

Kyuuketsuki wrote:

Thanks for that :)

Jim's a member of my Paleoanthro list. His (deceased) wife was one of
the pioneers of gender archaeology.
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