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"One day in the subway, James saw a red cat with a wound to the leg that likely resulted from a fight with another cat. It was obvious that the cat needed help. James could not pass and took the cat to the vet. With a little medical treatment and prescription drugs, the cat quickly recovered. At that point, James found it impossible to say goodbye to Street Cat Bob. Bob followed James everywhere he went. As James played the guitar on the street and Bob sat nearby, revenues increased dramatically. People found it difficult to pass when they looked at the cute kitty. James went on to write a book describing their adventures in the street which was full of life – both dramatic and comedic. In the book, James says that he could not have imagined how meeting Bob would change his life. His friendship with the cat healed him from a life that had been very hard. Most likely, if Bob could speak, he would say the same thing.”

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sixpenceee:

Before I get into it, just know the pictures just serve as visual representations, not actual pictures

Okay so anyway, evidence for this theory is the following:

THE FACT THAT HUMANS ARE SO HAIRLESS: 

Only two kind of habitats give rise to hairless animals, an aquatic one and a one below the ground (a naked mole rat for example)

.The suggestion that humans have become hairless to prevent overheating has been rendered false because hair can act like a defense against the sun.

This is why camels retain their fur even in the hot dessert environment. 

OUR FAT CELLS

We have ten times the number of fat cells as expected in an animal our size. Only two types of animals have large fat cells: hibernating and aquatic ones. 

In hibernating it’s seasonal fat, but in aquatic it’s all year round. It’s unreasonable to think that we evolved this feature in land because large fat pockets would have just slowed us down. 

Primate babies are always born slender, but human babies start to develop fat even before birth. 

WALKING ON TWO LEGS

So we’re the only mammals that have developed bipedalism. This is a surprise, because walking on 2 legs vs. walking on 4 legs is very disadvantageous. It’s slower, unstable, our organs are vulnerable to damage.

One theory is that if our habitat was flooded, we’d have to walk on two legs to keep our heads above the water.

The only animal who has ever evolved a pelvis like ours, the swamp ape, used this method. 

BREATHING

We have conscious control over our breathing. Ever other land animal doesn’t. Mammals like dolphins and seals also conscious control because it tells them how deep they are going to dive and they can estimate how much air they need to inhale.

OTHER DIFFERENCES

Our body is so wasteful of salt and water. Think of tears and our way of sweating. Other land mammals don’t have this. Water mammals do however. 

Okay anyway I hope you learned something. 

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So. Basically. We were FUCKING MERMAIDS. Damn.

I mainly want to believe this is correct so I can be descended from mermaids

Also! we’re pruny. we have a better grip on submerged objects when our fingertips are pruny. ah wow theories,

No one’s going to read this but never mind…  I did a lot of research into the aquatic ape theory whilst I was writing my dissertation on adaptations of mammalian eyes to their environments and looking at underwater vision in humans and because I thought it was an interesting and compelling theory. The aquatic ape theory is popular amongst the public but very few scientists are prepared to fully take it up. It is unlikely that we were ever fully aquatic and it is much more likely that these adaptations arose by living by the sea as opposed to in it. It might not sound like much but it is an important difference.

One theory I read was on ‘aquarboreal’ lifestyles of hominid species, suggesting these adaptations evolved in response to living in swampy or coastal areas (Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534702024904).
The AAT is also poorly supported by a fossil record although there is a large gap in the fossil record during the period where humans may have been aquatic.

Bipedalism is not typical of aquatic mammals and cannot be used as evidence on it’s own to hold up AAT, bipedalism may have evolved as humans adapted to a Savannah type environment for two reasons: 1) it enables you to see further across a horizon to look out for potential predators etc (the same as the standing posture of meerkats) but also 2) more importantly it allows the use of hands. Nor is controlled breathe which allows speech and may have developed as a social trait.

There are two main inconsistencies that undermine the hypothesis: The argument about excessive salt loss and absence of salt thirst are explained in AAT by us having adapted in a marine environment however copious water loss would be maladaptive in a marine environment as counter-intuitive as it sounds and the distribution of hominid fossils is usually around fresh-water deposits. Sweating would therefore be best explained in AAT as evolving after man returned to land and this leads to losing a major piece of evidence in the AAT hypothesis. The AAT hypothesis also fails to explain how there would be such a rapid return to land by our hominid ancestors, many of the pieces of evidence given suggest a ‘long term commitment’ to a marine environment. In addition to this many specialisations that are seen in aquatic mammals as a consequence of convergent evolution are not present in hominids such as streamlining the torso and repositioning nostrils. We do not have a typical head form of an aquatic species, and actually more than any other primates we have eliminated a quadrapedal head form that would prove beneficial in a marine environment.

If you want to know more read this paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248497901469#
It provides the most balanced argument I’ve read on the subject. I’m not saying that AAT is incorrect, I’m just saying that it has inconsistencies and shouldn’t automatically be taken as fact. 

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