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Early human ancestors were ‘aquatic apes’


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#61    cormac mac airt

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:56 PM

View Postdocyabut2, on 16 May 2013 - 07:49 AM, said:

Cormac gee maybe I don`t understand:),but how can they compare a hair growing gene that  supposely went dorment in parts of our bodies  to  the chimpanzees and in the Neaderthals to 1,2million years ago when hair still grows. The Neaderthals were only about 40,000 years ago, how do we know they were as hairless as us?

It's the same gene expressed in different ways over the timeframe of the groups I mentioned previously. Meaning that it didn't just magically appear one day, it's always been there. And while Neanderthals went extinct c.40,000 BP, they and Homo sapiens diverged from their common ancestor some 500,000+ years ago. And we have the entire Neanderthal Genome to compare ours to, on top of the genome for chimpanzees since they are the closest extant primate to us. Again, the gene was there in all groups and worked the same way for much of our line. Being dormant doesn't mean being non-existant. It's also based in part on the estimated African population (since all lines ultimately originate from Africa) at the time which further explains when, how long ago and to what degree the gene is expressed.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:22 PM

I first heard this theory in high school in the 80s and I think it's very plausible. Look at your nose. Unlike other 'apes' our nostrils point down, not out front. Theorists state this is so they don't fill with water when swimming.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Well I still don`nt get it, I think we were all a bunch of hairy beings just like the apes, until we went swimming in the ocean waters.:):)


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:09 PM

View Postdocyabut2, on 19 May 2013 - 11:01 PM, said:

Well I still don`nt get it, I think we were all a bunch of hairy beings just like the apes, until we went swimming in the ocean waters. :) :)

You're entitled to believe what you want. The evidence however suggests otherwise.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:56 AM

Aquatics were thought to be extinct , until pods were spotted on the Florida coast.

Pod of female aquatics performing a courting ritual to attract male aquatics > Attached File  aquatics.jpg   30.76K   4 downloads

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:14 PM

Humans didn’t descend from aquatic apes, of course, although our ancestors were too slow & heavy for regular running over open plains as some anthropologists still believe.
Instead, Pleistocene Homo populations simply followed the coasts & rivers in Africa & Eurasia. 800,000 years ago, they even reached Flores more than 18 km overseas.
- google “econiche Homo”
- eBook “Was Man more aquatic in the past?” introd.Phillip Tobias
http://www.benthamsc...52448/index.htm
- guest post at Greg Laden’s blog
http://scienceblogs....atic-ape-theory





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