We didn't evolve from 'aquatic apes'

Alice RobertsProfessor Alice Roberts, anatomist, anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham, gives the case against the 'aquatic ape hypothesis' in a recent article on The Conversation.

The hypothesis suggests that everything from walking upright to our lack of hair, from holding our breath to eating shellfish could be because an aquatic phase in our ancestry. Since the theory was first suggested more than 55 years ago, huge advances have been made in the study of human evolution and our story is much more interesting and complicated than suggested by the catch-all aquatic ape hypothesis.

Read the full article on The Conversation website here