“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel but as a risen ape” (Desmond Morris)


Study the works of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace on the origin of species and the theory of evolution by natural selection. What is the consensus on where our early development took place? Was there a semiaquatic phase in our evolution, a hypothesis first proposed by German pathologist Max Westenhofer in 1942? 

Study the works of Desmond Morris (The Naked Ape) and the evolutionary based theories for human physiology.  View these theories in their historical context and consider the relevance they have today.  In addition to studying the hypotheses, peer into the personal lives of these scientists, breaking new ground and risking their reputations. What were their personal circumstances and their relationships with each other? How are their theories viewed today?

Potential Themes

  • Human Evolution  - the whole story
  • Primates and predators
  • The Aquatic Ape

  • Geography and evolution
  • Why humans are the most successful species
  • Brain or brawn?

  • Nurture or nature?
  • Primitive cultures
  • Diet, Nutrition and health – has food shaped us?

Study Anthropology

The human journey

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