The Scars of Evolution

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The Scars of Evolution

The Scars of Evolution When Elaine Morgan wrote The Descent of Woman in it sent shock waves around the world and is now widely regarded as a key work on human evolution and essential to any discussion of women s pla

  • Title: The Scars of Evolution
  • Author: Elaine Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780195094312
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Elaine Morgan wrote The Descent of Woman in 1972, it sent shock waves around the world, and is now widely regarded as a key work on human evolution, and essential to any discussion of women s place in society Now, with The Scars of Evolution, Morgan offers a pioneering look just where it was our earliest ancestors came from, and the legacy not always advantageous tWhen Elaine Morgan wrote The Descent of Woman in 1972, it sent shock waves around the world, and is now widely regarded as a key work on human evolution, and essential to any discussion of women s place in society Now, with The Scars of Evolution, Morgan offers a pioneering look just where it was our earliest ancestors came from, and the legacy not always advantageous that they left us As she sets out to solve one of the enduring riddles of our origins to discover the evolutionary path that separated us from the rest of the animals Morgan shows that many of the theories currently accepted by scientists cannot explain our unique features they leave too many questions unanswered.Millions of years ago, something happened to our ape ancestors that did not happen to the forebears of gorillas and chimpanzees, something that made them walk on two legs, lose their fur, sweat, develop larger brains, and learn to speak While scientists have visited many a dig and studied many a fossil for clues, Elaine Morgan argues that all of the facts about our mysterious origins are right in front of us in the form of fundamental flaws in the human design Our propensity to suffer from lower back pain, obesity, varicose veins, acne, even infant death syndrome, is essentially the result of a cataclysmic event in our distant past.Scientists have long observed that our spines were not made for upright walking Yet natural selection the basic tenet of evolutionary theory dictates that enduring changes to a species occur because of the need to adapt to changes in the environment While thousands of working hours are lost each year to bad backs, at some point long ago it must have been an advantage to walk on two legs The most common theory is that we became bipedal while hunting on the African savannah, needing our arms free for weapons, using an upright stance to see enemies from afar But as Morgan points out, animals need speed on the savannah, both for pursuit and flight, than two legs can offer Her explanation bipedalism emerged from life in an aquatic environment due to the flooding of the African rift valley millennia ago The apes that suddenly found themselves stranded in swamp land a swamp that remained for thousands of years had to walk upright to keep from drowning The human tendency toward obesity was once not an unsightly health problem, but rather a lifesaving form of insulation, one present in all aquatic mammals And as Morgan carefully considers all of our other uniquely human traits our relative hairlessness, our ability to control our breathing, our inability to maintain proper salt levels a compelling case emerges for our human origins in a watery environment.Lively, controversial, and presented with a brilliant logic, The Scars of Evolution will change the way you think about the world and our place in it.

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    1. Steven Smith on said:

      Aha: a book about Evolution that makes sense. It's no wonder why right-wingers despise the story of evolution: the bit about standing up on the savanna to peek over grasses is a dumb, nonsensical, and inaccurate story. Scars of Evolution takes into our bodies and explores what really happened, why we developed the way we are, and where it must have happened.Thanks Elaine Morgan: what a relief and a great story.

    2. Becky Black on said:

      I love the idea of the Aqautic Ape Hypothesis, even if I don't quite buy it yet. But true or not, this is a well-written book that certainly encouraged me to think about things from a new perspective. The arguments are persuasive, at least while you're reading the book. It also reminds the reader how our bodies are a patchwork, even a bodge-job of adaptations rather than some kind of perfect end result built to a design.

    3. Gypsy on said:

      this is just a book of hypothesis. i loved it thought. it was an explanation of so many things that sets us apart from every other mammal.

    4. Charles on said:

      An excellent book that tells the story of evolution from the perspective of the human body itself. Brilliant.

    5. Yaply on said:

      This book is about the aquatic ape theory, that says that when humans left the forest and split from chimpanzees, we went to live in a swamp/lake environment rather than on the savannah which is the more common theory. The author says that the similarity between many of our features and aquatic mammals such as dolphins, dugongs and seals proves this. That includes our hairlessness, the fat beneath our skin, our ability to hold our breath, our internal vaginas and hymens - all things that most ot [...]

    6. Todd on said:

      This book is definitely one of the more compelling perspectives on evolutionary theory. Elaine Morgan isn't actually a scientist, she's a journalist I believe, but she manages to put forth her arguments in a pretty persuasive manner.I'm a little wary of taking her views too seriously though, seeing as she's just a layman, and she does think with a pretty obvious feminist slant (not that that's bad in general, but science is supposed to be impartial).I give it a 3 because I really think there is [...]

    7. Jesse on said:

      I loved this book!! Not a novel, but a discussion of the theroy that humans spawned from aquatic monkeys!! Once you read it, you will believe!!

    8. Fishface on said:

      Morgan goes into a little more details about the drawbacks of being a transitional life-form, half-landlubber and half-aquatic.

    9. Elentarri on said:

      Brilliant and bloody interesting. Nicely written, lots of science and differentiation between what is fact, speculation and just accepted conjecture.

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