Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis, the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Listen to her spirited defense of the idea and her theory on why mainstream science doesn’t take it seriously.


  1. For recent info on Elaine’s ‘aquatic apes’ (better terms IMO are Littoral Theory or Coastal Dispersal Model), please google ‘greg laden blog verhaegen’ or ‘econiche Homo’: rather than running over savannas, Homo populations during the Ice Ages followed coasts & rivers in Africa & Eurasia, collecting different waterside & shallow aquatic plant & animal foods.

    Human Evolution soon publishes the proceedings of the symposium with david Attenborough on human waterside evolution ‘Human Evolution:
    Past, Present & Future’ in London 8-10 May 2013:
    SPECIAL EDITION PART 1 (end 2013)
    Introduction – Peter Rhys-Evans
    1. Human’s Association with Water Bodies: the ‘Exaggerated Diving Reflex’ and its Relationship with the Evolutionary Allometry of Human Pelvic and Brain
    Sizes – Stephen Oppenheimer
    2. Human Ecological Breadth: Why Neither Savanna nor Aquatic Hypotheses can Hold Water – JH Langdon
    3. Endurance Running versus Underwater Foraging: an Anatomical and
    Palaeoecological Perspective – Stephen Munro
    4. Wading Hypotheses of the Origin of Human Bipedalism – Algis Kuliukas
    5. The Aquatic Ape Evolves: Common Misconceptions and Unproven Assumptions about the So-Called Aquatic Ape Hypothesis – Marc Verhaegen
    6. The Epigenetic Emergence of Culture at the Coastline: Interaction of Genes,
    Nutrition, Environment and Demography – CL Broadhurst & Michael Crawford
    2 (begin 2014) with 12 contributions


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