Re: Guide for anti-AATers

Phillip Bigelow (
8 Nov 1995 15:56:54 -0800

VINCENT@REG.TRIUMF.CA (pete) writes:

>Benjamin H Diebold ( sez:

>`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?

>I don't think you'll find any with hair. Fur, they have. Considerably
>different. Fur is a definite advantage for an aquatic animal,
>whereas hair is probably just a nuisance, and possibly a serious
>liability. It's not thick enough to insulate, nor oily enough
>to shed water.

From a biological point-of-view, Pete, hair and fur are the same thing.
They are homologous. Where is your reference that states that hair is
different from fur?