The Waterside Ape: An Alternative Account of Human Evolution

1st Edition

Peter H. Rhys Evans

CRC Press
July 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 226 Pages - 50 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367145484 - CAT# K410731

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This book presents the latest evidence on the controversial ‘Waterside Ape’ theory of human evolution, what used to be known as the ‘Aquatic Ape’ theory. The traditional ‘Savannah Ape’ theory that early hominid apes evolved on the grass plains of East Africa 6- 7 million years ago from our quadruped ape ancestors by coming down from the trees on to the savannah and stood upright in order to see further, has been accepted by archaeologists and anthropologists since before the time of Darwin, based on geological and fossil evidence. Recent scientific evidence largely discredits this hypothesis, but mainstream teaching and public understanding is still based on traditional lines.


Key selling features:

  • Presents the latest evidence for a close association between waterside habitats and the origin of humans
  • Reviews the "savannah ape" hypothesis for human origins
  • Describes various anatomical adaptations that are associated with hypotheses of human evolution
  • Offers explanations for unique human characteristics not seen in any other primate or terrestrial mammal (bipedalism, hairlessness, subcutaneous fat, marine kidneys, large brains, voice)

  • Corroborates a novel theory for the origin of humankind