Re: Polar Bear Challenge for AAH opponents

Pat Dooley (
27 Dec 1994 22:21:16 -0500

I note that you actually had no comment to make on the performance
of Japanese and Korean diving women. Perhaps that example upsets
your claims about hypothermia killing off any prospect of a group
of hominids being partially adapted to water. In that discussion
you ignore two issues:

1. Human subcutaneous fat functions similarly to the fat in
aquatic mammals in preventing heat loss.

2. No AAH proponent has claimed that the AA stayed in the
water 100%. Like many current aquatic mammals, considerable
time could have been spent ashore.

Of course, I could have cited many more examples of human survival in
extreme water conditions. Your claims are a little like the old saw about
the aerodynamic proof that bumblebees can't fly.

Pat D