Elaine Morgan

M.A.(Oxon.), FLS, FRSL, OBE

The Aquatic

Ape Theory

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"An aquatic ape is a likely ancestor of humans in terms of primate behaviour, marine ecosystems and geographical timing.” - Prof. Derek Ellis, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Victoria, Canada.


"All other theories about the origin of our species have reached an impasse.” - Dr. Michel Odent. author of Water and Sexuality.


"I have been convinced of the aquatic theory since the beginning."- Prof. Karl-Erich Fichtelius, Sweden.


"For my money, she is more scientific than Genesis, more up to date than Darwin, more fun than Ardrey, and she writes better than Desmond Morris." - John Rowan Wilson, The Sunday Telegraph.


"[AAT] conforms to current theories of speciation better than the savannah origins model, and accounts for a number of diverse phenomena hitherto not seen as connected." - Prof. Graham Richards, author of Human Evolution.


"It has to be admitted that the new theory has stimulated a thorough reconsideration of what we believe we know, to investigate new facts, and to acquire new knowledge." - Prof. H. Preuschoft, Dept. of Comparative Anatomy, Univ. of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

"It is difficult to see how all the points assembled to back the Aquatic Theory can be explained away. - Dr. Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape.


"An aquatic hypothesis offers far simpler explanations." - Dr. Chris Knight, author of Blood Relations.


"The 'aquatic ape' hypothesis has come of age.... [Elaine Morgan] provides a wealth of meticulously researched findings, detailed hypotheses and still controversial solutions in areas where others have volunteered nothing at all. The cost of conceding to Morgan would be a palaeological crisis as profound as that of the earth scientists when adjusting to the equally 'impossible' idea of floating continents." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.


"It says much for Elaine Morgan's skill as a writer that my views about her latest book and what she was trying to achieve by writing it changed completely while I was reading it... deserves to be read seriously... no one can deny that she has marshalled her material clearly and economically and made good use of it."- Johnathan H. Musgrave, Biology and Society


"We believe that this proposal [AAT] should be taken seriously.” - Prof. Michael Crawford, author of The Driving Force.

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