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C. Flower
28-04-2013, 01:00 PM
Elaine Morgan popularised and argued for the evolution theory which explains why humans are so different from chimpanzees, although there is very little difference genetically in her book "The Descent of Women" over 30 years ago.

She says that we developed as an upright, furless, brainy creature not because of life on the savannahs, but through a prolonged period of life on the edge of, and in, the sea.

A great - funny and interesting - recent talk from Morgan in the Ted series here -- "What do scientists do when an old paradigm collapses ? ..... Nothing..."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwPoM7lGYHw

There is a conference coming up on this theory, which people are saying also explains why we have sinuses (to keep our heads afloat)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/27/aquatic-ape-theory-primate-evolution (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/27/aquatic-ape-theory-primate-evolution)

Sam Lord
28-04-2013, 01:10 PM
I've been told that babies swim naturally. It might be an urban myth though,

C. Flower
28-04-2013, 01:31 PM
I've been told that babies swim naturally. It might be an urban myth though,

New born diving reflex - it's real.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr3jOXRU0IA

Shaadi
28-04-2013, 01:38 PM
I've been told that babies swim naturally. It might be an urban myth though,
So do puppies and just about most other animals.

C. Flower
28-04-2013, 01:42 PM
So do puppies and just about most other animals.

Is there evidence of that ? Not all baby animals can. Ducklings, for example, can drown.

Shaadi
28-04-2013, 02:11 PM
Is there evidence of that ? Not all baby animals can. Ducklings, for example, can drown.I looked it up and the answers were very simplistic, but most animals bar Humans, Chimpanzees and Gorillas can swim naturally. Although cats bar Tigers don't tend to want to swim, I still reckon they'd scramble ashore if they fell in. Animals are naturally buoyant whereas we're not really built to float and kick. We can't really swim from birth, we can hold our breaths and scramble around at the top and we lose that ability after a short while and then we have to learn to swim properly. Which kind of puts us back into the Gorilla and Chimpanzee league.

Birds are a different kettle of fish, they either float or drown unless they're specifically adapted to swim.

C. Flower
28-04-2013, 02:33 PM
Birds are a different kettle of fish

:)