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Elaine Morgan
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Aquatic Ape

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Madison Books
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Morgan writes a popularized version of the aquatic ape hypothesis. Human ancestors back to adapt to a watery environment. Our fatty-layer bodies bear the truth of our past. We are like otters and whales. I am feeling my kinship with the animals of the Earth.
Accessibility is great. The language, diagrams, and photos explain very well. A high school science teachers group acknowledged the value of this gem.
If you are wondering where the missing link went, read this little book ;-)
Joseph Rodrigues
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All throughout history, scientist have tried to find out how we evolved, and if we truly came from monkeys. Also in the theory that humans did come from monkeys, scientists have tried to find the missing link in are so called evolution. In the book, " The Aquatic Ape" by Elaine Morgan, the author tries to explain a theory of the evolution of man, to the reader. The book is in all entirety, just a theory.

In " The Aquatic Ape", Elaine Morgan tries to explain the theory that humans evolved to be
Marie Crutt
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Anyone who is looking for a read detailing anthropological fact should stay faaaaaar away from this book. The authors interpretations regarding human anatomy and development are bizarre and generally unsupported, to say the least. I should also not that the author did not have a background in anthropology.

However it was an entertaining read. It is for this reason I give it two stars.
Samantha Rizzo
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this short & concise intro to the aquatic ape theory. Especially love the theory - ever since reading about it I have been fascinated with the concept. It seems to make a lot of sense and account for things that the savannah and neoteny theories cannot.
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Elaine Morgan explaining the reason why we develop bipedalism, naked skin, sweating, salty tears, and subcutaneous fat. It was a fantastic read!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For lay readers, rather than evolution professionals and wonks. A short primer on the arguments surrounding this theory about human origins. For the reader who wishes to read more, there is her previous book, "The Descent of Woman" and even more can be found on the gender politics of doing science. Her advocacy of the theory (originally proposed by others) became the focal point of some truly vicious rebuttal by the boys club of anthropologists. To date no one has really attacked the ideas ...more
If you're interested in the AAH, skip this book and read The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, this one is outdated.
Morgan goes into a little more detail in explaining why the peculiarities of human physiology convince her that we are aquatic apes.
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Welsh feminist and proponent of the aquatic ape evolution theory, which claims that mankind evolved from sea-based apes.

Morgan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours for services to literature and to education.
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