Re: Webbed Foot in South

J. Moore (
Thu, 21 Sep 95 12:48:00 -0500

TC> In the Oct 95 Sci American there is an article about
TC> a find by Ronald Clarke and Philip Tobias of a 3.5 MY old
TC> fossil in South Africa which was apparently bipedal and also had a
TC> splayed/diverged big toe. [The original report
TC> is in Science, but I missed that]

TC> I know this suggestion will be anathema to many, but
TC> could the diverged big toe be some remnant of a webbed
TC> foot adapted to a littoral environment as in the aquatic
TC> ape theory?

TC> Tom Clarke

Take a look at any ape or monkey foot; then tell me why you should
be amazed at the suggestion that early hominids shared a physical
feature with their nearest relatives.

This is a hallmark of the AAT: finding a feature that is shared
with our closest relatives and suggesting that it must have been
due to an aquatic past. Aren't you the fellow who was just
harping on "parsimony"? ;-)

Jim Moore (

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