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Random musings on odd ball things I've read

So I'm reading The Barmaid's Brain by Jay Ingram and there's a fascinating article in there about the Aquatic Ape theory.


The Aquatic Ape Theory in it's simplest form is that we evolved from an aquatic ape. Our early ancestors were primates who lived in like swamp like conditions and we evolved certain traits to deal with this. Traits like upright stances, a lack of body hair and a layer of fat under our skin (most other mammals have skin that is right over muscle).

Needless to say there's a lot of pseudo science on this, and I found a couple of interesting sites that talk about Aquatic Ape Theory, but most devolve into other ludicrous theories about the end of the world or creationism.

This site is ok, even if it does devolve into the END OF THE WORLD IN 2012.

Another good site was this site. More intelligent information.

So I've been thinking on this, and it really does make sense. Think about this on your own today.

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ex_ren_chan323
Feb. 10th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
In college I did a lot of research on the subject of "behavioral evolution" or how human behavior evolved due to survival needs. It tries to explain things such as infidelity and genocide.

The Savannah Theory has archeological evidence to back it up. Humans were scavengers of nuts, berries, bugs, fruit, and wild vegetables. But they also worked in groups to retrieve game animal meet already killed by large predators like lions and bring them back to "skinning sites" which are clumps of trees they would climb where bone carving tools would be waiting for them to scrape the meat. But there is also evidence that suggests that humans used the safety of water to keep from being preyed upon as well. Humans were fishermen as well throughout history and most early civilizations were located near large bodies of water.

Humans learned to walk on two feet so their hands would be more free to use tools and to swim.

Babies also instinctively swim. All of these things suggests that we were monkey like creatures who inhabited both the savannahs and the waters.

cynickal
Feb. 10th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Does that hold up with the hair/clothes/body louse evolution.
I think we can get a much better view if we look at the idea from many view points. Nothing happens in a vacuum.

(Except all that interstellar stuff)
djeternaldarkne
Feb. 10th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
And even that's not a complete vacuum. There's all these fiddily little particle bits that get in the way.

Oh and planets too.
cynickal
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
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