James Borrett (
Mon, 08 Jul 1996 11:12:02 +0100

David Cloutman wrote:

> It is generally agreed upon that humans are one of the few mammalian
> species that do NOT have an instinctual ability to swim. It seems odd
> that this would be so if our ancestors were aquatic.

Generally agreed upon by whom? Do you have a reference for this claim? Do
wading birds have an instinctive ability to swim? Do humans have an
instinctive ability to climb trees? I don't think so, so whoever
suggested our ancesters were arboreal must have been smoking crack. :O)