Apes CAN swim, it turns out
|August 16, 2013||Posted by News under Evolution, Animal minds, News|
Feat said to “defy evolution.” In what sense? Is “evolution” something that makes a law that says that apes can’t swim? As long as he paddles diligently and keeps his head above water …
See how insidiously the word “evolution” gets used to mean everything, anything, and nothing? For example,
In a report this week in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, researchers offer an evolutionary explanation: When an early ancestor of modern apes took to the trees, they say, innate swimming ability likely lost its advantage, and the trait disappeared. The fact that our muscles and brains adapted to graceful swinging movements in the air and upright walking on the ground might account for the lengthwise reaching and pulling movements that define Cooper and Suryia’s aquatic style.
Take the“evolutionary” concept out of the above statements and they are a mess of impressive- sounding words that mean only: Apes don’t usually swim but they can.