A one-word summary of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis


[For those who would like a more detailed summary, expect a post on why the AAH is nonsense this week.]

2 thoughts on “A one-word summary of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

  1. Better terms than ‘aquatic ape’ are Littoral Theory or Coastal Dispersal Model, google
    -Greg Laden blog Verhaegen
    -econiche Homo.
    Rather than running over open plains (pre-Darwinian anthropocentric thinking), Pleistocene archaic Homo populations followed coasts & rivers, collecting different waterside & shallow aquatic plant & animal foods.
    Human Evolution soon publishes the proceedings of the symposium (with david Attenborough) on human waterside evolution ‘Human Evolution: Past, Present & Future’ in London 8-10 May 2013:
    SPECIAL EDITION PART 1 (end 2013)
    Introduction – Peter Rhys-Evans
    1. Human’s Association with Water Bodies: the ‘Exaggerated Diving Reflex’ and its Relationship with the Evolutionary Allometry of Human Pelvic and Brain Sizes – Stephen Oppenheimer
    2. Human Ecological Breadth: Why Neither Savanna nor Aquatic Hypotheses can Hold Water – JH Langdon
    3. Endurance Running versus Underwater Foraging: an Anatomical and Palaeoecological Perspective – Stephen Munro
    4. Wading Hypotheses of the Origin of Human Bipedalism – Algis Kuliukas
    5. The Aquatic Ape Evolves: Common Misconceptions and Unproven Assumptions about the So-Called Aquatic Ape Hypothesis – Marc Verhaegen
    6. The Epigenetic Emergence of Culture at the Coastline: Interaction of Genes, Nutrition, Environment and Demography – CL Broadhurst & Michael Crawford
    SPECIAL EDITION PART 2 (begin 2014) with 12 contributions

  2. For more recent information on the littoral theory (early-Pleistocene dispersal of archaic Homo along African & Eurasian coasts), google e.g.
    – Attenborough Brenna Schagatay reply,
    – unproven assumptions so-called aquatic ape hypothesis.

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