Re: Aquatic Ape (was Cursorial Hunters)

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 19:53:32 -0400

Eric Watt Forste wrote:
> EvMick writes:
> > I'm unfamiliar with the "aquatic ape theory"...apes appear unsuited
> > to an aquatic enviroment.
> (And then there is the curious fact (?) that newborn human infants
> know how to swim, and can apparently keep themselves alive without
> difficulty in an aquatic environment, although the skill is lost
> -- unless practiced? -- within a few weeks. I'm looking for further
> recorded evidence of this. I have seen video footage of swimming
> human infants, though.)

Eric, here's a research idea: test infant apes for native aquatic
agility. Its my suspicion that its just something developed as a womb
survival insitinct, and that any feral apes capable of diving are
quickly eaten by crocodiles or watersnakes, which would certainly induce
a rather high pucker factor against swimming for ones fellows. This croc
free req for aquatic ape habitat would in my mind either point to likely
places to find such ape fossils, or disprove the theory.
Michael Lorrey
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