The role of "the aquatic" in human evolution: constraining the aquatic ape hypothesis.

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Foley, Robert; Lahr, Marta Mirazón
Year of Publication: 2014
Journal: Evol Anthropol
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Pagination: 56-9
Date Published: 2014 Mar-Apr
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1520-6505
Keywords: Animals, Anthropology, Physical, Aquatic Organisms, Biological Evolution, Ecosystem, Hominidae, Humans

Few things show the distinctiveness of human evolution research better than the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis (AAH). On one hand, we have "orthodox" research into human evolution, firmly based on land; on the other, we have the aquatic ape community, convinced not only that our ancestors went through an aquatic phase, but that the professional scientific community ignores their work and keeps it out of the mainstream. How many fields of science have two entirely parallel communities that essentially are hermetically sealed from each other?

DOI: 10.1002/evan.21405
Alternate Journal: Evol. Anthropol.