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Are we all aquatic apes?

30 April 2008

Elaine Morgan

The question of whether we are all descended from an aquatic ape will be debated in the next University’s equality and diversity lecture series.

BAFTA-winning author and playwright Elaine Morgan, best known for almost single-handedly developing and championing the theory that humans are descended from an aquatic ape ancestor, is visiting the University to launch her latest book, The Naked Darwinist.

Elaine began writing about evolution in 1972, when her first book, The Descent of Woman, was published, addressing evolution from both a female and male perspective. Her new book is the latest in a series in which she develops the theme outlined in her first book. She further challenges the scientific establishment to engage with the aquatic ape theory, which argues that apes moved from the trees to live in and around water.

The biological anthropologist and Cardiff University Honorary Fellow is the second high-profile speaker to have the visited the University as part of the equality series.

Professor Dianne Pinderhughes, President of the American Political Science Association and Professor in Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, spoke on race and gender in the 2008 presidential campaign earlier this year.

Elaine Morgan’s book launch will take place in Committee Rooms One and Two in the Glamorgan Building on Tuesday 6 May. Admission is free. For more information or to book a place, contact Gill Wilkings at or telephone 02920 870 650