Mermaid vs. Human Ocean Origins and Evolution
Common "wisdom" says that humans could not have come from the ocean, because we could never survive in deep ocean. Most of our scientific research, especially recent research and experimentation, backs that up. Most scientists say that humans are descended from apes, and cite the similarities between our bones and Neanderthal bones to prove it.
However, some of us look at old legends and note that we look more similar to mermaids than to apes. Scientists reply that we have legs, not tails, and there is no evidence yet of the existence of mermaids ever. Yet I have seen a You Tube video of a girl born with fused legs, much like a tail, which could be vestigial evidence. And there are ancient stories all over the world, passed down from generation to generation, of human-mermaid interaction.
What if the majority of scientists are wrong? After all, according to the National Ocean & Atmospheric Association (NOAA), only 5% of the ocean has been explored so far. That leaves 95% to go - practically the whole thing. And mermaids, should they exist, don't have to be our direct ancestors. It could be we're related to them, like distant cousins, with both of us having a common ancestor further back in history.
One thing that happens too often when people, including scientists, truly believe they're right, is that they shut out all evidence to the contrary. Indeed, there have been 30 years or more of human/ape research and hardly any of human/ocean research.
Meanwhile, in SE Asia the Bajau-Laut "sea gypsies" dive and walk on the ocean floor more than 65 feet deep, while they spearhunt for fish. They have acclimated themselves so thoroughly, that they can't spend too much time on land without feeling "landsick." As did Animal Planet, with their "documentary" Mermaids: The Body Found, let's buck the scientific current here and look at some of the evidence in favor of humans coming from the ocean.
"An aquatic Ape is a likely ancestor of humans in terms of primate behaviour, marine ecosystems and geophysical timing."
- Professor Derek Ellis, Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Canada
Vestigial Evidence of Ocean Origins
- When the human embryo grows fingers and toes, it sends out "buds," which grow into digits that are still connected via webbing. At some point the process called "apoptosis" occurs, which is a body's natural way of killing cells it doesn't need anymore, and the webbing disappears.
However, one out of every 2,000-2,500 babies are born with webbed or semi-webbed toes or fingers - a "condition" called syndactyly. It's not too far-fetched to imagine that we used to have webs until crawling onto land, where we didn't need them anymore.
- Humans have vestigial tails, called embryonic tails. Some embryonic tails grow longer than normal and show when the baby is born. There are NO apes with vestigial tails.
Although this abnormality in humans has been equated to monkey tails, the related abnormalities of the spine (e.g. spina bifida) could be the result of a DNA attempt to extend the spine down into a fishtail as in the long ago past, with the coccyx growing a few more vertebrae before turning into cartilage for the rest of the tail. Accompanying difficulties, like bowel and bladder control, are problems on land but not in the ocean.
- Whales have been found to have a vestigial pelvic bone and legs. Does this mean they once had legs that became tails? Or does it mean they have tails that could develop into legs, if needed?
- According to mermaid myths, females used to leave the ocean to mate with human males in order to bear children. Those children who could survive in the ocean were taken by the mermaids, those who couldn't were left on land. This infusion of new blood helped keep the mermaid population healthy.
Although there is no way to check for vestigial remnants of it, interbreeding does make sense. It also makes sense that the lack of it would cause the mermaid population to decline and eventually die out.
- Sirenomelia | Wikipedia
Sirenomelia, alternatively known as Mermaid Syndrome, is a very rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving them the appearance of a mermaid's tail.
- Are Human Tails Mere "Vestigial" . . .? | Evolution News & Views
This article argues against human tails being vestigial, claiming that related problems accompany the tail in too high a percentage. However, many of the problems cited would not be problems in the ocean, if the growth became a fishtail.
More Source Links:
- Ocean Plasma Articles | Truthquest
Seawater, when diluted to its original, primal state of salinity, so closely resembles human blood plasma as to be interchangeable, although in a much more perfected state, with all of the known minerals and other components needed to sustain life.
- Is a Dolphin a Person? | Science NOW
Thomas White, a philosopher at Loyola Marymount University in Redondo Beach, California, made the argument that dolphins aren't merely like people—they may actually be people, or at least, "nonhuman persons," as he described them.
- The last of the sea nomads | Environment | The Guardian
For generations they have lived on the ocean, diving and fishing, and rarely setting foot on land. But now these marine nomads risk destroying the reefs that sustain them.
Human & Mermaid Physiology: Similarities in Evolution
Although human physiology is usually compared with apes, there are several strong comparisons that could be made between humans and sea creatures, like mermaids, and/or evidence that indicates we could have originated from the ocean, rather than from apes on land:
- In the early 1900 French physiologist, Rene Quinton, discovered that the chemical composition of human blood plasma was almost identical to that of seawater. Although the makeup of the oceans has changed since then, and not for the better, there are commercial products out now, made from seawater, that can replace blood plasma.
- Humans have smooth, relatively non-hairy skin more closely akin to mermaids than to apes. The only other land mammals that have no body hair either live underground or are semi-aquatic (hippos, pigs, tapirs). The only hair on our bodies that grows long is facial hair, i.e. that located near the mouth, which could be used for entrapping food. (Imagine dreadlocks shaped as a net to capture schools of small fish.)
- The best insulation in water is not hair, but fat. Humans have the kind of fat that works best (women more than men), located right under our skin and distributed throughout the body.
We have ten times as many fat cells as any mammal our size, except those living in the ocean. Like other ocean mammals, our fat is attached to the skin and comes away with it in surgery. This is not true of other primates.
- Human posture is elongated, rather than crouched. In water that would translate to the same streamlined posture that ocean mammals have - great for swimming.
- Our brain size, as compared with the size of our bodies, is large like those of dolphins and porpoises, much larger than those of apes. Mermaids and dolphins reportedly swam and played together. Now some researchers are asking themselves if dolphins might not be intelligent enough to be a human counterpart species in the ocean.
- I have seen the occasional woman with long fingernails like claws (hyperkeratosis). This would come in handy in the ocean for picking off oysters or mussels from a cliff, or snatching small fish as they swim by.
- The legends of mermaids who sing (sirens) are plausible when you think of the voice power of an opera singer. Mermaids would have to project over the noise of an ocean storm, just as opera singers have to project over the sound of an orchestra to be heard. Hence they would build powerful lungs and strong vocal projection.
- Humans mate face to face, which is rare among land mammals, but common in ocean mammals. This is enabled by our pelvis being in line with our legs, which is true also with dolphins, beavers, and sea otters.
- Humans, seals, and dolphins are able to control breathing voluntarily. This is not true of other land mammals. The theory is that we needed that adaptation to enable ourselves to dive at different depths.
- To enable humans to breathe through the mouth, our larynx drops down into our throat soon after birth to be side by side with the esophagus. In other animals and birds, this only happens with those that are aquatic.
Human Babies & Birthing in Water
- Birthing is easier sitting in water than lying in a flat hospital bed. Women love spas for a reason, and it turns out that a spa-type setting is perfect for giving birth. The spa (or birthing bathtub) allows for a semi-upright posture, which lets gravity help with birthing, and a woman can relax in warm water between contractions.
When babies are born they don't breathe until air hits their cheeks, so birth underwater works for them too. This is becoming a more popular birthing option as time goes on. It's only a short jump from there to imagining women (or mermaids) giving birth easily in tropical ocean waters.
- Babies are immediately comfortable in water. There's a popular school called Water Babies that has been teaching babies to swim for years. (Their earliest student was only 2 days old.) They say that babies take to the water naturally, that it helps to develop their muscles, gives them confidence, and stimulates their brains.
However, it's not until babies are about 4 years old, that they can fully swim. In the dolphin world, babies nurse until they are 18 months old and stay close to their mother, swimming in her slipstream, until they are around 5 years old. Clearly there are parallels.
- All primate babies, except our own, are thin. Our own babies accumulate fat even before birth and continue to grow fatter for several months afterwards. Some of this fat is white fat, and that is extremely rare in new-born mammals. White fat is not much good for supplying instant heat and energy, but it's great for insulation in water and for buoyancy.
Baby Being Born In Water
- Underwater Birth and Dolphins | Sirius Institute
Underwater birth is accepted as part of the British health services and recommended for those who anticipate problems with their pregnancy. Literally thousands of successful underwater births have occurred throughout the world.
Genetic Connections to Mermaids
The oldest humanoid fossils we know of were found in caves along what would have been coastlines at that time. Australopithecus "Lucy's" bones were found lying among crab claws and the broken eggs of crocodiles and turtles. This indicates a strong, ancient connection with the sea.
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From this and genetic similarities, there are three possible ancestral connections humans could have with mermaids:
- Humans developed as a blend of mermaid and ape.
- Mermaids themselves split off into two lines - humans and dolphins - making us direct descendents.
- Mermaids and humans once had a common ancestor from which we are both descended.
Unfortunately, until we have mermaid remains or mermaids, themselves, to study we can't really know. We do know, from our own experience, that DNA abnormalities develop and are concentrated and passed down when breeding is restricted to narrow bands of peoples - e.g. there was a time when royalty could only marry someone related to them, which resulted in all kinds of dysfunctions, haemophilia being the most common.
The same would be true of mermaids. Males wouldn't survive in the ocean as readily as females, since they don't have the fat deposits and the ocean is really cold. Could mermaids then have kept their lines healthy by interbreeding with humans, as sung about in the old tales? Once humans started fearing, despising, or not believing mermaids existed anymore, then they would stop interbreeding and it would be only a matter of time until the eventual demise of our distant cousins. We really don't know one way or the other whether that's true. But until we start looking to see, we never will know if and where mermaids exist, or if and how we are related.
Another Source Link:
- The Aquatic Ape Theory--Elaine Morgan
Most of the "mysterious" features of human physiology, though rare or even unique among land mammals, are common in aquatic ones.
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