Monday, August 17, 2009

We become less and less "unique" everyday

The Aquatic Ape Theory only went up Saturday. Should see some viewers over the next little while. It is a fascinating theory that makes a lot of sense to a lot of people. The more we learn about sea mammals, the more they seem like us. The AAT will, I think, have more and more researchers looking at the possiblities that we were far more aquatic in our origins than we now think.

We have had to redefine what constitutes culture over the last hundred years. Are we more like chimpanzees or are we more like whales in our social organization? The following is a link to a CBC podcast from the June 27, 2009 edititon of Quirks and Quarks. Once I get the hang of uploading audios, I put the podcast here. In the meantime enjoy the CBC podcast (and go look at other things on Quirks and Quarks!)
Watching Giants:

The following is a link to Dr. Elin Kelsey's website. She is the an oceanic researcher and the author of Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales

As humans, we are finding ourselves far less unique than we once thought!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Aquatic Ape Theory

The following is 5 parts of a BBC documentary on the Aquatic Ape Theory. It discusses an alternatives theory to the idea that our most ancient ancestors developed on the same line as the great apes, chimpanzees, etc.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5