An question about AAT

Xiaoguang Zhang ~{UEO~9b~} (
19 Jun 1995 02:43:58 GMT

I was watching The Learning Channel program "The Human Animal". It
showed the amazing skills and coordination of new born infants under
water. It would be hard to convince me that these skills were simply
reflexes developed on land, especially the reflex of hoding breath.

Then it hit me. Is it possible, that at one point our ancestors were
living in a swamp, rather than savanna, where there was waist-high
water? This would probably force bipedalism, since anyone trying to
walk with hands would have his nose under water. Swimming might not
have been a viable alternative, since this period was probably too
short for an efficient swimmer to develop (there might be better
reasons such as food source, etc.). However, think about the infants
that were born in the water. They must know how to swim! They probably
clung to their mothers most of the time, but occasionly they might
fall into the water, and must be able to swim back to their mothers.

Is this idea crazy?