I first heard of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis (AAH) by reading Jack Kruse’s Living an Optimal Life blogs on his epi-paleo Diet.
It seems that this theory is controversial and is totally dismissed in academic circles as being hokum, as the current evolutionary theory is that humans descended in the African savannah. However, there are some supporters that keep the aquatic ape theory alive. These include the writer Elaine Morgan, David Attenborough, Loren Cordain and Jack Kruse.
AAH answers some questions on why we have evolved into the modern human, for example – why are we hairless? Why do we have subcutaneous fat? Why do we walk on two legs? Why do we have a descended larynx? Why did we grow such a large brain? AAH offers some evolutionary reasons for these human traits.
Returning to Jack Kruse his recent blogs on the brain/ gut have been very interesting and absorbing. He believes that we should be eating at least a 1/2 pound or 225 grams of shellfish, crustaceans and fish. This is because we evolved by the sea and a diet predominately consisting of fish is optimal for our good health. For more information visit Jack’s blog.
Going back to Elaine Morgan on her website you can find more information on AAH she also has a free book you can download called “The Naked Darwinist”.
I came across this Ted talk by the writer Elaine Morgan on her reasons why we should not totally dismiss the aquatic ape Theory. In this video, she appears to have a great personality and has the audience laughing. This video is really worth watching. Enjoy!