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Author Rhys Evans, P. H., author.

Title The waterside ape : an alternative account of human evolution / Peter Rhys-Evans.

Publication Info. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2020]


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Description xxiv, 226 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-217) and index.
Contents Theories of human evolution -- The aquatic debate -- Our genetic heritage -- Our early ancestors -- The Neanderthals and their demise -- The waterside ape : why are we so different? -- The naked ape -- Why we lost our coats : the early hominin tailors -- Evolutionary adaptations in the human skull and sinuses -- Human skull buoyancy and the diving reflex -- Surfer's ear -- Evolution of the human brain -- Food for thought and the cognitive revolution -- The human larynx and evolution of voice -- Obstetric and neonatal considerations -- Marine adaptations in the human kidney -- Scars of evolution -- We are what we eat -- An incredible journey.
Summary Why are humans so fond of water? Why is our skin colour so variable? Why aren't we hairy like our close ape relatives? mA savannah scenario of human evolution has been widely accepted primarily due to fossil evidence; and fossils do not offer insight into these questions. Other alternative evolutionary scenarios might, but these models have been rejected. This book explores a controversial idea - that human evolution was intimately associated with watery habitats as much or more than typical savannahs. Written from a medical point of view, the author presents evidence supporting a credible alternative explanation for how humans diverged from our primate ancestors. Anatomical and physiological evidence offer insight into hairlessness, different coloured skin, subcutaneous fat, large brains, a marine-type kidney, a unique heat regulation system and speech. This evidence suggests that humans may well have evolved, not just as savannah mammals, as is generally believed, but with more affinity for aquatic habitats - rivers, streams, lakes and coasts.
Subject Human evolution.
Human beings -- Origin.
Human physiology.
Riparian ecology.
Aquatic ecology.
Human ecology.
Biological Evolution. (DNLM)D005075
Hominidae. (DNLM)D015186
Riparian ecology. (OCoLC)fst01098090
Human physiology. (OCoLC)fst00963183
Human ecology. (OCoLC)fst00962941
Aquatic ecology. (OCoLC)fst00811988
Human beings -- Origin. (OCoLC)fst00962855
Human evolution. (OCoLC)fst00963030
ISBN 9780367145484 paperback : alkaline paper
9780367145514 hardback : alkaline paper
9780429032271 (ebook)
9780429629419 (pdf)
9780429627774 (epub)
9780429626135 (mobi/kindle)
Standard No. 40029447584

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