The Aquatic Ape: Did Humans Evolve in Water?

Morgan argues that sexual selection in favor of a feature can occur in a species only when that feature has already become established for other reasons. Once the aquatic ape became naked through cavorting in the water, sexual selection would ensure that nakedness continued. In like manner, the aquatic apes would not regard the retention of scalp hair as ugly. It would be regarded as a supremely attractive feature. Nowadays men and women alike regard women with beards with fascination and horror, but they admire beautifully coiffured scalp hair on women. Smooth skin in a man is not regarded by women as ugly, perhaps the opposite, but a bald pate they often think is unattractive—on women, generally admired for their smoothness, it is worse.1

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