“People say, ‘I like the aquatic theory.’ Everybody likes the aquatic theory. Of course, they don’t believe it. But they like it. And I ask them, ‘Why do you think it’s rubbish?’ And they say, ‘Well, everybody I talk to says it’s rubbish, and they can’t all be wrong, can they?’ The answer to that, loud and clear, is yes. They can all be wrong. History is strewn with occasions when they’ve all got it wrong.”
octogenarian scientist and proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis, which suggests that humans evolved from primate ancestors that dwelled in watery habitats, in her TEDGlobal talk.
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