Re: What is an AAT?

Phil Nicholls (
14 Jan 1995 07:45:29 GMT

In article <3f7c1t$>,
Darren Lee <> wrote:
>Can anyone tell me what this abr. stands for so I can include myself in
>other conversations.
> Thanks in Advance,
>Darren Lee
>Darren Lee - The man without a stupid quote by someone who is dead
> and Extremely outdated.

AAT = aquatic ape theory

AAH = aquatic ape hypothesis (more accurate in my view).

Briefly, AAT supporters contend that hairlessness and a host of other
characteristics are very similar to characteristics of aquatic mammals
and that these characteristics are found in humans because a pre-human
ape ancestor swam/waded/wallowed (depending on who you talk to) and
that there was convergent evolution.

AAT traits include:

eccrine gland sweating
a lack of apocrine sweat glands
descended larynyx
fleshy, downward pointed nose.
salty tears
subcutaneous layers of fat
babies born with lots of fat.
babies are able to swim.

I have disputed all of these as either (a) not being unique to humans
(b) erroneous (c) based on anecdotal accounts.

Philip "Chris" Nicholls Department of Anthropology
Institute for Hydrohominoid Studies SUNY Albany
University of Ediacara
"Semper Alouatta"