posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 08:55 AM
Here's a theory I heard once, back in the early 80's.
The homo sapien was the world's only semi-aquatic primate. It developed its overall structure (the buttocks, the opposible thumb and its large
frontal lobe) as a result of many millenia of residing next to the coast (swimming for its food, like an otter or seal which caused the buttocks to
form due to the leg kicks used in swimming), grabbing fish and other marine food (forcing the development of the opposible thumb), and having no
natural predator enemy (allowing the frontal lobe to develop with the absence of survival stress over thousands of years of evolutionary deveopment).
This also explains why the homo sapien's concentration of protective hair (head and genitalia) is located where it is (to protect the exposed head
from the damaging sun's rays and to warm and protect the genitalia) while the rest of the body is relatively hairless (better for cutting through the
Newborn babies are actually able to swim and to keep from inhaling water as soon as they pop out of the womb. This has been proven many time by
people in California who are part of a sub-culture that gives birth to their babies in salinated birthing pools. The babies slide out and swim
underwater immediatly. The swimming movements are instinctive.
Homo sapien is the only primate that floats and the only non-marine mammal with a blubber layer attached to the skin. Our sweat and tears are saline
replications of sea water (relatively speaking, of course) and humans instinctively bathe. In fact, the only period of time that modern humans
didn't regularly bathe was during the Dark and Middle Ages when the Church forbade bathing as a sin of immorality.
The homo sapien ventured from the shoreline to the interior of the land masses, and that's when they started showing up in the bone records along
with all the other primates. Looking for "the missing link"? You won't find it. You also won't find the earliest homo sapien remnants. We
buried our dead at sea. Where else would we have buried them? Hell, we walk upright because we started out in the shallows of the coastline.
We're different that most mammals, but some mammals remember us. Dolphins, whales, porposes and seals, they all remember us. When they generally
act so friendly to us, and we're amazed, they're probably wondering where the hell we took off to so long ago.
[edit on 9-6-2010 by NorEaster]