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Aquatic ape hypothesis

The aquatic ape hypothesis (or aquatic ape theory as it is frequently called) holds that some hominid ancestors of humans spent a significant time in a semi-aquatic setting, living on the African seacoast and gathering most of their food from the seashore and shallow offshore waters, before returning to a more land-based existence.

This is a minority position not widely held in biology. The conventional view of human evolution is that humans evolved on the savannas of Africa.

The theory was originally suggested by Alister Hardy. Elaine Morgan studied and promoted it, producing books on the subject including The Aquatic Ape and The Scars of Evolution.

Here follows a list of aquatic ape arguments and counter-arguments from savannah theorists:

Tears and excessive sweating are considered further evidence to support the theory, but, as noted above, sweat can be explained as an adaptation for temperature regulation, and then provides an explanation for hairlessness. Supporters of the theory also mention the webbing between the human thumb and forefinger, which has no apparent value on land.

One difficulty in evaluating this theory is that the places it suggests fossils might be found are mostly below sea level at the present epoch.

The skepticism with which the aquatic ape hypothesis has been received by most scientists is often cited by those who claim to be victims of a close-minded scientific elite (for example creationists and feminists).

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