Re: Guide for anti-AATers

Benjamin H Diebold (
6 Nov 1995 14:53:22 GMT

Paul Crowley ( wrote:

: . . . . . . 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.

How do you explain the other animals that swim and dive, but that still
have hair? There are many mammals that spend varying amounts of time in
the water, but yet have hair. Why wouldn't the same selective advantage
in less body hair apply to them?