Aquatic Ape Human Ancestor Theory

Aquatic Ape Theory - What is it?

A Brief Summary of AAT - key arguments

A Brief History and Key Proponents of AAT

When / Where / How?

Ape to Human Evolution Timeline

Alternative theories of human evolution

Wikipedia and the scientific community

... Anatomical Evidence
... Bipedalism
... Birth and babies
... Brain
... Breath control
... Descended larynx
... Diet
... Diseases
... Fat
... Fingers, toes and feet
... Furlessness
... Hair and baldness
... Human ailments
... Kidneys
... Language & Song
... Menopause
... Nose
... Olfactory sense
... Pachyostosis
... Paranasal Sinuses
... Platycephaly
... Reverse osmosis
... Sexual features
... Sleep (USWS)
... Surfer's ear
... Sweating
... Tears
... Underwater vision
... Viruses
... Waterside environments

. Homo Ancestors
... Trachillos bipedal hominids
... Homo erectus
... Homo neanderthalensis
... Sea Gypsies/ the Moken
... Homo sapiens - water afinity
... Coastal Migration
... Pan and Gorilla ancestry
... Semi-Aquatic Animals

. Testable Hypotheses
. Fossil evidence
. Genetic evidence
. Paleoecological evidence
. Retroviral marker in apes
. Acheulean handaxes

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Anatomical evidence: the human body

Take a look at the human body and you will notice that we differ from our closest living relatives (bonobos and chimpanzees) in many obvious anatomical ways. This is strange considering that our genome is 94-96% identical. Most of these differences, therefore, are likely to be the result of environmental factors shaping our evolution, and it is worth noting that most, if not all, of these features are shared by many aquatic, semi-aquatic or historically acquatic species.

Anatomical differences between Pan and Homo possibly relevant to our semi-aquatic past have been argued to include:

Differences in archaic Homo - Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalis, etc., (since lost or decreased) include:

Features or behaviours that may possibly be associated with an ancestral semi-aquatic or littoral lifestyle

Further research is needed to clarify the function and/or prevalence of:

*Comparative anatomical features shared with some aquatic or semi-aquatic species

Website: F. Mansfield, 2015

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