The Descent of Woman

The Descent of Woman

Elaine Morgan / Jul 24, 2019

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  • Title: The Descent of Woman
  • Author: Elaine Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780812814583
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This pioneering work, 1st published in 1972 revised in 1985, was the 1st to intelligently argue the equal role of women in human evolution The book s influence has been profound lasting on the terminology used by students of prehistoric anthropology, on the theory of evolution , above all, on the biblically fostered attitudes towards women as an afterthoThis pioneering work, 1st published in 1972 revised in 1985, was the 1st to intelligently argue the equal role of women in human evolution The book s influence has been profound lasting on the terminology used by students of prehistoric anthropology, on the theory of evolution , above all, on the biblically fostered attitudes towards women as an afterthought an amenity It remains a key book in any discussion of women s place in society.

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      • Elaine Morgan

        Welsh feminist and proponent of the aquatic ape evolution theory, which claims that mankind evolved from sea based apes Morgan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours for services to literature and to education.


    128 Comments

    1. Morgan's theory on how human's evolved and how bipedalism developed are contraversal but her writing style is great. Even if you don't agree with her, or accept any of her arguments, the book is still informative and enjoyable to read.


    2. This completely changed the way I interpret information from most fields of science. This book somehow made it okay for me to assume that there are probably many many ways to investigate scientific mysteries (especially of the prehistoric variety)and absolutely no way to know what happened. It didn't make me more or less cynical, but it offered me the space to assume that the blanks filled in by scientists are more like an artist's representation based on personal experiences and biases. This bo [...]


    3. I chose this from my brother's bookshelf when he was in high school. I was looking for a trashy novel. It was an incredibly provocative anthropology book!


    4. Awesome. Sparked to read it by its mention in A Bone from a Dry Sea and my sudden need to be a feminist anthropologist. My very mediocre bio teacher was offended that I included theories from this book in a project on evolutionary stages, and wrote a nasty comment on my poster about only including 'accepted theories' in the future. Accepted by whom, punk? A theory's a theory, no matter how small.


    5. While written primarily as an amusing rebuttal to the poor reasoning of the book, The Naked Ape, it also turns to review an older hypothesis concerning the evolutionary pressures that shaped the hominins. Morgan has some points she makes well but she is not trying to pretend she is a physical anthropologist. Her arguments are flawed but the basic concept is sound and has acquired a great deal of supporting evidence for hominins having spent a great deal of time in and around the shore for huntin [...]


    6. I wrote Elaine Morgan a fan letter after reading this book, and I still treasure her handwritten reply. Wonderful Welshwoman, talented and humble, who lived in the valleys all her life.UPDATE!!! If you can, listen to this BBC Radio 4 Programme, The Waterside Ape, narrated by Sir David Attenborough: bbc/programmes/b07w4


    7. At the beginning of the real Women's Lib movement, elaine Morgan took a serious risk and wrote this science book. In a part of the world then dominated almost solely by males, it took a lot of guts to write this piece, much of which is only now, some 40 years later, being vindicated and verified as having value. Her vision that the human species did not evolve because of testosterone but more probably because of estrogen was revolutionary in its day. A Good book for those who want to explore all [...]


    8. One of the funniest, educational books still in print. Elaine Morgan turned the scientific world on its head by telling the story of evolution from the woman's point of view. Thirty years later not one scientist has bothered to respond to her thesis, though she is finally getting recognition elsewhere.



    9. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    10. This is the book that I have had to replace most often after loaning it out and having it not return. It was a wonderful antidote to the prevailing views of "The Naked Ape" and continues to provide me with some wonderful ideas, though I read it many years ago.


    11. I liked the first half, or even 3/4 of it, but I think she became extremely moralising towards the end which was not only annoying, but also not at all why I picked up this book.


    12. Very entertaining read. She's so outraged at the sexism in anthropology, both popular and academic, that she made me angry too. I loved how she analyzed the evidence and came up with very different conclusions than those of the anthropological mainstream. In her view, women, sex, pregnancy and child rearing were much more important than we had been told. Which makes sense to me, child rearing especially. Because animals who can't raise their children to childbearing age don't pass on their genes [...]


    13. Really cool ideas and loved the way she writes. I was very offended by what she said about manatees ("formless"? Please!!! They're perfect!!!!!!), found it pretty messed up how she quoted from antiquated racist sources without commenting on the racism, and found her version of feminism to be about what I'd expect from someone married to a man with three sons deeply male-apologetic, denial regarding the intensity and frequency of male violence, and scolding towards women who experience enough sel [...]


    14. A really thought-provoking and interesting idea that turns out to be wrong. But, hey, that's how science works. People come up with crazy or rational reasons for why something might be, and people come up with ways to test the ideas, and people critique those tests, and people do new tests, and eventually the answer becomes clear.So, read, consider, and also check out aquaticape/.


    15. La verdad es que al principio, el libro me pareció muy interesante. La historia de la evolución contada desde un punto de vista femenino; genial Sin embargo, hacia la mitad empezó a resultar un rollo; las ideas que expone ya están pasadas de moda. En fin, si cae en vuestras manos dadle una oportunidad; si no, pues no os perdéis gran cosa.


    16. I read this book several years ago and while I don't believe all of Morgan's assertions, I found it refreshing to read an alternate view of our evolution. She recently gave a TED talk which can be viewed here.


    17. You want to know why women have breasts? Always thought it was to make us sexier to our men? Think again. The aquatic theory of evolution, which absolutely holds water, told from a feminist perspective. Taught me everything I every wanted to know about why humans are the way we are.






    18. 3.5 stars. Morgan writes in a very accessible manner and her conclusions appear logical and well-reasoned. Readers can easily become engrossed in her arguments regarding human aquatic evolution. That being said, upon closer examination, much of Morgan's supporting evidence regarding present human behavior does not entirely add up - she does not fully consider the diversity of cultures across time and space, and sometimes makes assumptions about "universal gender norms," such as the "nuclear fami [...]


    19. Imagine you are a member of mankind's first tribe to explore the east coast of southeast asia, frequently feasting on young sea cows. Morgan's orientation starts with the aquatic theory of human evolution developed by Professor Sir Alister Hardy. During humankind’s evolution, the species was strongly influenced by living along coastlines.quotes“There were thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliffs, and as she had a firm handgrip and a good head for heights she filled another empty ecologica [...]


    20. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    21. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    22. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    23. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    24. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


    25. Basically, her proposition is that hominid evolutionary thought is all male-centered and thus ignores obvious physiological and behavioral evidence that suggests a semi-aquatic hominid period during the millions of years of Pliocene drought. I don’t know enough evolutionary biology to pick a side, but I love reading her sassy and well-considered retorts to conventional evolutionary models.I can't say I am convinced Morgan's innovations on basic evolutionary theory are completely convincing, bu [...]


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