The Waterside Ape presents the latest evidence on the controversial 'Waterside Ape' theory of human evolution, what used to be known as the 'Aquatic Ape' theory. The traditional `Savannah Ape' theory that early hominid apes evolved on the grass plains of East Africa 6-7 million years ago from our quadruped ape ancestors by coming down from the trees on to the savannah and stood upright in order to see further, has been accepted by archaeologists and anthropologists since before the time of Darwin, based on geological and fossil evidence. Recent scientific evidence largely discredites this hypothesis, but mainstream teaching and public understanding is still based on traditional lines.
Foreword Gareth Morgan
Chapter 1 Theories of Evolution
Chapter 2 The Aquatic Debate - Seeking the Truth
Chapter 3 Our Genetic Heritage
Chapter 4 Early Human Origins
Chapter 5 The Neanderthals and their Demise
Chapter 6 The Waterside Ape - Why are we so Different?
Chapter 7 The Naked Ape
Chapter 8 The Early Hominid Tailor
Chapter 9 Evolutionary Adaptations in the Human Skull and Sinuses
Chapter 10 Skull Buoyancy and the Diving Reflex
Chapter 11 Surfer's Ear
Chapter 12 The Human Brain and Evolution of Intelligence
Chapter 13 The Cognitive Revolution
Chapter 14 The Human Larynx and Evolution of Voice
Chapter 15 Obstetric and Perinatal Considerations
Chapter 16 Marine Adaptations in the Human Kidney
Chapter 17 Scars of Evolution
Chapter 18 We are what we Eat
Chapter 19 An Incredible Journey
Peter Rhys Evans was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Institute of Cancer Research. He was also the Chief of the Department of ENT/Head and Neck Surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific publications including five books. His award-winning book Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, 2nd edition, was published in 2009. He served as a Sub-Editor for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology for nearly a decade.