Re: AAT:A method to falsify

Sean Stinson (
6 Oct 1995 17:45:39 GMT

Troy Kelley ( wrote:

: What???? We went around this block before Humans Fat content is right
around 12 percent. So early homo might have been a little more or a
little less fat
: than the current 12 percent. But 20 percent applies to an animal which is
: in the water ALL THE TIME. I don't know why I have to keep repeating this
: but AAT says that early hominids were SEMI-AQUATIC, not completely
: submerged in water all the time. So 12 percent seems like a perfectly
: acceptable fat content for a semi-aquatic mammal in a warm environment.
: The hypothermic argument is silly.

Sean Stinson replied,
Actually the hypothermic argument is quite strong. I've
seen studies that indicate humans without clothes suffered hypothermia
at temperatures of 20 C. ie. room temperature. These studies were done in
air which does not conduct heat as well as water. So we can conclude
that if similar studies were performed in water the effects would
be amplified. I don't have the ref. for this study at the tips of
my fingers but I'm sure I could look it up if requested.
It might be countered that humans are presently furless
and the creatures we are talking about did have fur until they entered
the water, thus they would fair better then us.