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Why are we the only members of the ape family who are hairless, walk upright, shed tears and communicate by a verbal language? Why are human babies plump, when the infants of other apes are skinny? Why is our sexual behaviour different? In the first full discussion of a theory propounded by the late Sir Alister Hardy, Elaine Morgan points to the dramatic similarities between ourselves and the aquatic mammals - whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters - and argues that the only theory of evolution which explains these satisfactorily is that we, alone among the primates, have returned to life on land after a period of adaptation to an aquatic environment. We were once aquatic apes.
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"Controversial but highly attractive claims about human evolution
and our human love of water and the sea." -- Margaret Drabble
"It was one of the most outrageous, improbable evolutionary ideas
ever proposed... now the idea... is becoming respectable."
-- 'The Observer'
"More scientific than Genesis, more up to date than Darwin, more
fun than Ardrey... she writes better than Desmond Morris." -- 'Sunday Telegraph'
"Part feminist polemic, part evolutionary bombshell." -- 'The Guardian'
"She is more scientific than Genesis, more up to date than
Darwin... and she writes better than Desmond Morris."
-- 'Sunday Telegraph'
Elaine Morgan (1920-2013) was the author of the 1972 book The Descent of Woman, which suggested that human evolution had an aquatic origin. This idea was attacked at first by scientists, but the book became an international bestseller. In the decades since, Morgans aquatic ape hypothesis has gained widespread support. She was also a BAFTA-winning television writer.
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Book Description Souvenir Press Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0285633775 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0066543
Book Description Souvenir Press Ltd, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0285633775