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Conspiracy Theories: Evidence that mermaids are real?

Mark Rackley

Mark Rackley

Lauren Gallander, Writer

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in the Stinger’s new series about popular conspiracy theories. Come back next Friday for the next installment.  

Many cultures around the world have some belief in mermaids. Mermaids in American culture are half-fish, half-woman creatures who live in the sea.

Homer, the author of The Odyssey, wrote about sirens, who are mermaid-like creatures who lured sailors to their death by singing.

In Australia, aboriginals believe in yawkyawks, so named because of the songs they sing.

There are cave paintings from as early as 30,000 years ago that show mermaid-like creatures interacting with humans.

Although they have a large mythological and historical base, there is no modern or concrete evidence of mermaids. However, a theory exists that attempts to explain the origin of mermaids. This theory, called the aquatic ape theory, gained popularity in the 1970s and 80s, but lost its credibility due to criticism. T

he aquatic ape theory states that humans did not evolve from apes, but instead evolved from prehistoric marine animals. One piece of evidence for this theory is the lack of body hair on humans. There are only two climates that yield hairless mammals: underground and underwater.

Additionally, humans have about 10 times as many fat cells as other animals our size. Underwater mammals rely on a layer of fat to keep warm instead of fur.

Furthermore, humans have a descended larynx that allows us to breathe out of our mouths as well as our noses. Apart from ourselves, this adaptation is only found in aquatic mammals such as dolphins and seals. This might be because swimmers need to take in air as quickly as possible, and more air can be inhaled through the mouth than through the nose.

The physical and historical evidence shows a unique side to humans and their possible origins, which begs the question: are mermaids real?

 

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