Re: Guide for anti-AATers

Paul Crowley (
Sun, 05 Nov 95 14:16:50 GMT

In article <46u97j$> "Phillip Bigelow" writes:

> I submit that the AAT IS falsifiable, but on more fundamental grounds:
> If physiologists can show that it is physiologically impossible for an
> aquatic hominid to weigh less than 100 pounds, be hairless, have around 12 %
> body fat, and still have their core temperature be in thermal equilibrium
> with ambient water temperature, then the entire theory is falsified. At
> best, the theory would have to be greatly revised, with the "hairless" part
> abandoned.

You never answered my "anecdotal" point and this is the third
time I've tried to get an answer from you.

. . . . . . that hominid (and hominid females in
particular) would frequently swim and dive for shellfish. On
emerging from the water they would have to dry off. The more
hair they had, the more they would suffer the chill factor
arising from evaporation. The selective advantage in less body
hair would be substantial. Head hair would still have the
advantage of insulation against the sun when keeping cool in
the water during the heat of the day.