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So good to be able to read a detailed account of the life of Elaine Morgan annotated with links, quotes and references. This book provides insight into Elaine's life and the passion that she was immersed in for the latter part of her life. I love the way that other contemporary stories are also intertwined. Best of all though is the detail around Elaine's intelligent conclusions that our ancestors must have lived by the water's edge and frequently waded in to get easily accessible food. Why has that theory been so ridiculed? It remains a mystery to the sensible amonst us! Thank you Algis Kuliukas for writing such an important book adding to the literature about a theory that undoubtedly will be accepted as mainstream when academia comes to it's senses!
A passionate chronology of the life of Elaine Morgan, whose phenomenal adaptibility led to fulfilling careers in both media and paleoanthropology. The author skillfully entwines significant characters who would ultimately play a part in the development of the aquatic ape theory to date. Kuliukas' honest and fervent advocacy for the often dismissed theory not only does justice to Elaine Morgan's legacy, but critically exposes the dogmatic inertia of modern scientific institutions. Taking advantage of its digital format, this publication includes interesting interactive multimedia content.
Algis Kuliukas has produced an unusual and very enjoyable book, celebrating the remarkable life and work of Elaine Morgan. It is personal and intricately woven with short tales of ancestors, colleagues, critics and loves each contributing like threads in fine welsh lace. This electronic book is going to be evolving with contributions and will be updated on her birthday each year (7/11) It is well worth reading to learn what you may not know about the waterside ape hypotheses and to help us all contemplate the wider implications of Elaine’s extraordinary efforts & experiences.
Elaine Morgan is an unlikely feminist icon, but reading this incredible labour of love, one is left with a feeling that she brilliantly represents the legions of great female scientists who always seem to be pushed into the margins by the conventions of patriarchy. Her ideas about how humans evolved have often been derided and sneered at by the (conservative and very male) establishment of science - but she persevered. Algis's patient story-telling beautifully explains her journey and her developing radical ideas about aquatic-influenced evolution. A great, and inspiring, read.