A tribute to Elaine Morgan
Tomorrow, November 7, it is 100 years since the birth of Elaine Morgan.
Elaine Morgan was a brilliant writer and researcher. She found solutions to most of the unanswered questions of human evolution: Why did the ancestors of humans lose their fur, which is needed for warmth and sun-protection? Why did they evolve large brains? Why did they begin walking and running on two legs? Why did they evolve fat cells beneath the skin that can accumulate blubber? Why did they evolve a unique sweat-cooling-mechanism, when they can only drink about a liter of water at a time? What caused them to evolve these and all the other human features from a chimpanzee-like ancestor?
I have been researching and developing her aquatic ape theory for the past 4 years, with my background in fossils and geology. I propose that humans did not evolve in the dry savanna of East Africa, where fossils can be found. They more likely evolved in rainy western Africa, where chimpanzees and gorillas also evolved. There are no fossils there, because of the hot and humid climate. You might like to read my scientific paper A paradigm for the evolution of human features: apes trapped on barren volcanic islands. https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/IEE/article/view/13560
Elaine Morgan's aquatic ape theory is widely known, but not yet accepted. To celebrate her birthday, I hope that you will watch the TED-talk that she gave in 2009, at the age of 89.
You can read more about this theory at my web site http:// AquaticApe.net
Morgan died in 2013 at the age of 92.