The controversial theory that humans evolved from amphibious apes has been gaining new support.
The aquatic apes theory suggests that apes first emerged from the water, lost their fur, started walking upright and then went on to develop large brains. The idea was widely publicized over 50 years ago by marine biologist Alister Hardy and now enjoys support from several big names including naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Of particular note with regard to the theory is the fact that humans are very different from other apes in that we possess attributes that are more common in aquatic mammals. Did these traits appear at different times as conventional theories suggest or was it because our ancestors lived in or near water for millions of years ?
"A controversial theory that humans evolved from amphibious apes has won new support."
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Source: Complete Genomics
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