The Aquatic Ape Theory is an interesting hypothesis,it speculates that man was,at one point in the past,semi aquatic and learned to stand in an
upright posture due to being half submerged in water.
It also speculates that man being ´semi aquatic´ in nature could well be responsible for our evolution of speech (holding breath-descended
larynx);the development of our brain in the form of eating shellfish and seafood (long chained fatty acids);our unusual follicle arrangement on our
backs which appear to be curved (not straight) due to diving underwater;our unique layer of subcutanous fat and our unprecedented simian hair loss.
Here is a link explaining such topics as human/ape differences,human nakedness,fat storage,man´s bipdel nature and breathing in this context.
It also speculates about how the Savannah theory may be wrong and archeological aspects of the concept.
"An aquatic Ape is a likely ancestor of humans in terms of primate behaviour, marine ecosystems and geophysical timing."
- Prof. Derek Ellis, Dept. of Biology, Uni. of Victoria, Canada
"All other theories about the origin of our species have reached an impasse."
- Dr. Michel Odent, author of 'Water and sexuality'
"An aquatic hypothesis offers far simpler explanations."
- Dr. Chris Knight, author of 'Blood Relations'
"It is difficult to see how all the points assembled to back the Aquatic Theory can be explained away."
- Dr. Desmond Morris, author of 'The Naked Ape'
"The aquatic hypothesis... cannot be eliminated yet."
- Prof. Glyn Isaac
"We believe that this proposal [AAT] should be taken seriously."
- Prof Michael Crawford, author of 'The Driving Force'
"[AAT] conforms to current theories of speciation better than the savannah origins model, and accounts for a number of diverse phenomena hitherto not
seen as connected."
- Prof. Graham Richards, author of 'Human Evolution'
[edit on 02/10/08 by karl 12]