Myths and Facts: And out of the water came a man …

We all spend nine months in amniotic fluid, enveloped in warmth and protected from the outside world. But could it be that our ancestors really lived in water? Numerous data accumulated in anthropology suggest that it is possible. And modern humans have preserved some signs that speak in favor of the “aquatic” ancestors of mankind.

Scientists are investigating various aspects of this topic, and some unusual findings continue to arouse interest. For example, Professor Richard S. Stratton led an expedition to Tibet where four mummies were discovered that did not fit the description of normal humans. These mummies had flipper-like feet with webbing between the toes and gills in addition to the usual respiratory organs. This suggests the possibility of fish-like creatures capable of walking on two legs.

However, not only modern findings support the theory of the origin of man from water. Already in 1856, researchers W. Bullos and C. Gilmore found footprints of a mysterious creature moving on its hind legs in Pennsylvania and Missouri. The footprints were human-like, but the toes were spread out, as if the feet served as flippers. This suggests that 300 million years before the first apes appeared, the creatures were already living underwater.

The mythology of various peoples also attests to the possibility of underwater races. Some legends say that once the dominant race on Earth were fish people, similar to amphibians. Native Americans believed in the existence of “water Indians,” and the walls of caves in Peru were decorated with images of a man with flippers and a tail emerging from the sea.

Even the ancient Sumerians in their records spoke of a fish-like man, Oannes, who played a major role in the creation of their civilization. He came to the Sumerians from the waters of the Eritrean Sea and possessed the body of a fish, the head of a man, a tail and feet. Oannes taught the people various skills including building, literacy and farming.

Looking back at the megalithic structures on the islands of Malta, we can see that some of these temples, designed for people of very small stature, were found underwater. This is another argument in favor of the existence of an underwater race of half-humans.

Despite all these facts and myths, it cannot be unequivocally stated that humans evolved from aquatic ancestors. But these data and findings give food for thought and open new horizons in the study of the origin of man.

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