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The Aquatic Ape

by Elaine Morgan

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In fact, it is not true that human beings would not acquire the art of swimming unless they were taught. Anthony Storr describes the experience of one group of doctors in London: 'The pioneer doctors who started the Peckham Health Centre discovered that quite tiny children could be safely left in the sloping shallow end of a swimming bath. Provided no adult interfered with them they would teach themselves to swim, exploring the water gradually and never venturing beyond the point at which they began to feel unsafe.'

I have just re-read this book about the aquatic ape hypothesis, which states that a lot of the differences between humans and the other great apes can be explained by one of our ancestors spending time in an aquatic environment, but returning to the land before becoming adapted to the water as much as seals are.

The author wrote another book on the same subject later, so if you are interested it would probably be better to read "The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis" as the information in it will be more up to date. That's why I am only giving it three stars, since it is certainly interesting enough to be worth 4 stars. ( )
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In 1871 Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man, proposing that man and ape are descended from a common ancestor.
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