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Aquatic Ape Theory Overview Was man more aquatic in the past? Sir Alister Hardy sure thought so. Hardy was the first to propose this idea in 1960 in a New Scientist article, “Was Man More Aquatic in the Past?” His idea became known as the highly controversial Aquatic Ape Theory. The Aquatic Ape Theory is the idea that during the transition from the last common ancestor we shared with apes to hominid (human), humans went through an aquatic stage. This stage is believed to have resulted in “aquatic ape-like” creatures. The Aquatic Ape Theory is the scientific theory applied to Mermaids: The Body Found. The Aquatic Ape Theory postulates that coastal flooding millions of years ago turned some of our ancestors inland and a group of our ancestors deeper into the water out of necessity and for food. The Aquatic Ape Theory makes it possible to believe that while we evolved from apes into terrestrial humans, our aquatic relatives turned into something strangely similar to the fabled mermaid. As evidence that humans once evolved into aquatic creatures, the Aquatic Ape Theory cites some of the striking differences between man and other primates and the many features we share with marine mammals, including the following: Webbing between fingers (other primates don’t have this) Subcutaneous fat (insulating from cold water) Control over breath (humans can hold breath up to 20 minutes, longer than any other terrestrial animal) Loss of body hair (hair creates drag in water) Instinctive ability to swim (human babies are able to do this) A highly developed brain, which depends on nutrients provided by seafood Today, the leading advocate for this theory is Elaine Morgan. Morgan is a scientist who has written many books supporting Hardy’s idea. Below is an Aquatic Ape Theory chart that Morgan put together, highlighting the similarities between humans and aquatic creatures, and the differences between humans and other primates:
Originally posted by Crabmeat
I saw this documentary on youtube a few weeks ago. It had jumped from 300,000 views to 600,000 in a week. All clips of it (it had chinese subtitles) were removed when animal planet announced the release of this documentary.
The original painted the US government as evil and was never aired. This new edited version that's hitting Animal Planet soon will be missing a lot of the original facts. I'm interested to see what gets covered up and will likely report back on the discrepancies.
There has been a mermaid post on ATS before. Search it.
When the documentary was first supposed to get aired the gonverment (which controls media) said no. Then started shutting down a bunch of mermaid sites.edit on 21-5-2012 by Crabmeat because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SeriousIndividual
reply to post by Crabmeat
This new version is what is going to be aired this Sunday? Am I correct because the Wikipedia page claims it will air in the Spring of 2012 in North America? So both the fictitious version and the "real" version go by the same name. Is that also correct? Discovery Channel is airing the fictitious version, but trying to claim there's truth to it? Why not just air a documentary of their own with the facts and not create something with actors and story based off supposedly real events? Also, why is the original documentary not mentioned on the "mockumentary" Wikpedia page? You would think they would want you to know it's not total bull**** if it truely isn't.edit on 22-5-2012 by SeriousIndividual because: (no reason given)edit on 22-5-2012 by SeriousIndividual because: (no reason given)edit on 22-5-2012 by SeriousIndividual because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by coop039
Has anyone else seen this? I have my DVR set to record it.
I wonder if the pics they talk about are out there anywhere.
MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND is the crescendo of the epic week with a two-hour CGI investigation into the probability of mermaids swimming throughout our waters. It explores a scientific theory that supports the existence of mermaids, and the film imagines how they really appear, how they evolved and the role they play beneath the water's surface. With action and intrigue, MONSTER WEEK takes viewers on an adventure that promises to astound and delight the imagination.