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Elaine Morgan
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Elaine Morgan OBE, FRSL (7 November 1920 – 12 July 2013), was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis. The Descent of Woman, The Aquatic Ape, The Scars of Evolution, The Descent of the Child, The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis and The Naked Darwinist (2008) discuss the reception of aquatic scenarios in academic literature. She also published Falling Apart and Pinker's List.

The Descent of Woman book. I wrote Elaine Morgan a fan letter after reading this book, and I still treasure her handwritten reply. The Descent of Woman is a pioneering work, the first to argue. Wonderful Welshwoman, talented and humble, who lived in the valleys all her life.

The Descent of Woman. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution. A pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, which is gaining more academic support each year.

Elaine Morgan’s most popular book is The Descent of Woman. Books by Elaine Morgan. Showing 24 distinct works. The Descent of Woman by. Elaine Morgan.

Elaine Morgan was a woman of many talents who changed the world from her desk in Mountain As. The Descent of Woman was an instant global best-seller. Feted in America as a feminist heroine, Elaine's book became a key text in the Women's Liberation movement

Elaine Morgan was a woman of many talents who changed the world from her desk in Mountain Ash. Excelling in both the arts and science, she became a top TV writer, a feminist icon and a ground-breaking evolutionary theorist. Born into a poor mining family in Hopkinstown in 1920, she won a scholarship to Oxford University. Feted in America as a feminist heroine, Elaine's book became a key text in the Women's Liberation movement. In the States she became something of a celebrity as she was invited to promote the book on television in a coast-to-coast tour.

The Descent of Woman: The Classic Study of Evolution. This pioneering work, originally published in 1972, was the first to argue irrefutably the equal role of women in human evolution.

The Descent of Woman is a pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution  . This lively, informative book sets out to solve the riddle of our origins; its answer is controversial. Elaine Morgan has made The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis a plausible alternative to conventional theories of evolution and The Descent of Woman first set out an understanding of who humans are and where they came from. Elaine Morgan was best known as a writer for television until the publication of The Descent of Woman in 1972, which became an international bestseller.

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A critical study of various theories of evolution which give pre-eminence to the 'mighty hunter' male figure with woman's development almost secondary. The author attempts to correct the balance through studying the evolution of the female over the millennia. with dustjacket, 1972 clean bright copy
  • I heard a programme on the radio about Elaine Morgan (it included an interview and I think she's still alive which means she's over ninety) which led me to this book. Her theory is sufficiently documented here and elsewhere to make any explanation of mine inadequate and unnecessary. Enough to say that ten pages into this book I was astonished: how did this remarkable woman's theory, now forty years old, slip by me and so much of the world? It is so elegant a theory, and is presented so well, that it takes one's breath away. True, it's not perfect and it's not perfect science; but it proposes ideas, asks questions and provides answers so insightful that the whole world of science should be stimulated enough to reexamine old theories and more scientifically explore these new ones. That they haven't -- as far as I know -- could be the result of scientific and academic snobbery, the male sense of superiority, or it could be simply result of science's slow and cautious progress, each science generation representing one step forward. Whatever it is I believe that Elaine Morgan and her theory will one day receive the recognition they deserve on the strength of this book alone.
    Here's a plea on her behalf: While the first part of the book tells the whole story the second half unfortunately morphs into a one-sided and somewhat out-dated feminist argument. No doubt, driven by passion for her subject, Morgan felt it necessary, in 1972, to justify her theory and her sex -- which, as the title more than suggests, credits the female of the species with their fair share of credit for human evolution -- in anticipation of male outrage. Obviously the feminist battles of the seventies have mostly been won and the male outrage she expected never came; if it had she and her book would now be much more famous than they are. Her feminist tirade was therefore unnecessary and is now entirely redundant. My plea: don't let the second half of the book spoil the excitement of discovery you'll experience in the first half. It's truly wonderful.

  • Fascinating and convincing book --- don't miss her TED talk --- she wraps her book up with her delightful way of speaking and those great hands to emphasize her points --- she tops off the 'evolution' of us all.

  • I read this book when it was first published in the 70s and when I found out it had been republished I jumped at the chance to read it again. It provides insight to an ignored aspect of evolution that I find very compelling. If you're interested in the development of the human race I urge you to give this book a try.

  • I've read this book several times and I love it. This copy was a gift for a friend. Elaine Morgan has a lot of interesting things to say about the evolution of women, things that make a lot of common sense. I recommend it highly. She also has a wonderful sense of humor, so this book is not difficult or dry, textbook reading.

  • I really haven't paid any attention to evolutionary debates and whether the Aquatic Ape Theory is accepted or debunked or whether something else has risen to takes its place. However, I am left with the impression that the author has constructed a straw man to argue against and some of her claims and lines of argument are bothersome. She makes several claims that I am pretty sure are false: that only humans aggress against other humans, that only humans rape, that only humans have homosexuality and that this is because of the "lack of aim" engendered by the movement of the vagina. In her discussion of orgasm she is curiously silent on how other aquatic mammals deal with this movement of the vagina -- despite using them to bolster her argument in almost every other area. She makes the point that male primates don't initiate sex unless the female gives off certain signals but then later on claims that it was only male's continued rape in the absence of these signals that kept the human race going. She seems to want to have it both ways. Also her arguments about the rise of face-to-face sex don't address the fact that humans are still capable of performing in a variety of other positions when they feel like it with no apparent affect on rates of procreation.
    In short, I think the first few chapters of her book are interesting and intriguing. Once she hits the chapters of orgasm and love I began to feel less convinced by her arguments. On the whole it was not an entirely convincing book because of the straw man feel she gives to her opponents but she certainly advances an interesting idea.

  • Very interesting theory although I am sure there is much new DNA evidence to either alter or confirm Morgan's very fascinating views and why she views an Aquatic Ape as being our legitmate ancestor. Now reading her follow-up Scars of Evolution which produces more detailed emphasis on women's origins and how we might have developed our particular anatomical bodies. I had not heard this hypothesis previously and it certainly resonates as highly realistic truths.

  • An old girlfriend told me she wouldn't go out with me until I had read this book.
    Probably a good book for women to read at some point in their lives.
    What do I know? Well, May a little more than I did before I read the book.

  • I read this book for an anthropology class in the '70's and it made such an impact on my budding feminist mind set that I've never forgotten. I bought 2, so I can gift one away.