The Scars of Evolution:
What Our Bodies Tell Us about Human Origins

Elaine Morgan

Penguin 1991
A book review by Danny Yee © 1992
The Scars of Evolution is a discussion of a theory of human origins which holds that H. sapiens went through an aquatic or semi-aquatic phase and that this is responsible for some of our more unusual anatomical features, compared with the other apes. While this "Aquatic Ape" hypothesis is pretty controversial (and probably not true in any strong form), Morgan argues it well and does provide a decent bibliography; it is worth a look if you are interested in human evolution.

February 1992

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%T The Scars of Evolution
%S What Our Bodies Tell Us about Human Origins
%A Morgan, Elaine
%I Penguin
%D 1991
%O paperback
%G ISBN 0140157573
%P 179pp