The Shifting AAT

J. Moore (
Wed, 18 Oct 95 10:07:00 -0500

Pa> I'm really a Littoral Ape Theorist (LAT) a very watered-down (haha)
Pa> version. As far as I can see it, this only requires that hominids
Pa> >1.5mya be found in association with large bodies of water. I
Pa> could be wrong, but nearly all sites seem satisfy this requirement.
Pa> Paul.

Since you have read the "what the AAT isn't" post from a week
or so back, you can see that you don't actually support the
AAT, at least from what you say above.

Ja> I'm personally quite happy with the idea of our ancestors having a semi-
Ja> aquatic existence until even as late as 200,000 years ago or even later.
Ja> The initial marine phase was presumably pre-australopithecine, but I
Ja> reckon that later species were swimming and diving in fresh-water lakes
Ja> and rivers further inland. Is there any reason not to believe that this
Ja> is at least possible? If you want to be pedantic anyone who has a bath
Ja> regularly is a semi-aquatic ape!
Ja> James Borrett.

You can explain the lack of convergent features in humans as
opposed to virtually all marine mammals then. I haven't seen your
explanation of them.

Jim Moore (

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