The Aquatic ape

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  1. River Ape Valued Senior Member

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    I think Elaine Morgan wrote a great book -- wonderfully thought-provoking -- and she was right in pointing out the differences between humans and other great apes in regard to their dependency on an aquatic environment. But there is not a scintilla of archaeological evidence for her theory.

    Think of humans as creatures of the riverbank. The first civilisations were situated on some of the world's great rivers. The Romans built aqueducts and baths to supplement what nature provided. Rather than an aquatic ape, I decided long ago that the species is best described as a
    River Ape.
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Most mammals can swim naturally, including even cats. (Anyone else see "Milo and Otis"?) Humans are unusual in this regard, for the precise reason that early in childhood we lose the natural ability to swim.

    Doesn't sound too much like a species with an aquatic heritage to me!
     
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  5. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Ah: but only consider how often we bury our dead in the water.

    Like, in a river. The Hudson, even.

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  7. Mr MacGillivray Banned Banned

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    and consider how much of our poop we sacrifice to the river as well.
     
  8. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    We must rate our poop quite highly to send it along with our dead.
     

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