ELAINE MORGAN was first known as a writer for television. She worked in that field for over thirty years, on such projects as Dr. Finlay's Casebook and Z-Cars, winning eleven awards, both national and international. [Note these details may be out of date]
She became a household name in 1972, with her first book The Descent of Woman, an international bestseller which has been translated into nine languages. Hailed as a great feminist work, it also heralded the beginning of a lifetime of research into the Aquatic Ape Theory.
Three further books, The Aquatic Ape, The Scars of Evolution and The Descent of the Child, recieved many glowing reviews in the world's scientific press.
She has also had several scientific papers published on the AAT and other topics, and contributed to The Aquatic Ape: Fact or Fiction? and to a symposium on the Aquatic Ape Theory featured in the British Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in 1992.
Here is a list of her books and papers.
"Reasoned, revolutionary thinking . . . Not only does she take
on Charles Darwin, Desmond Morris, Robert Ardrey and Konrad
Lorenz, but that menace to female development, Freud."
- Carol Dix, The Guardian
"It says much for Elaine Morgan's skill as a writer that my
views about her latest book and what she was trying to achieve
by writing it changed completely while I was reading it...
deserves to be read seriously... no one can deny that she has
marshalled her material clearly and economically and made good
use of it."
- Johnathan H. Musgrave, Biology and Society
"There are some very impressive pieces of evidence . . . her
case is well enough made for us to take an aquatic history
- Annals of Human Biology
"Elaine Morgan seems to have suceeded where the professionals
have failed. She has made a genuine contribution to evoluitonary
theory which synthesises research from a wide range of
scientific disciplines; and she has presented it in a form which
is accesible to the interested lay reader."
- Bruce Charlton, British Medical Journal
"The cost of conceding to Morgan would be a palaeological crisis
as profound as that of the earth scientists when adjusting to
the equally 'impossible' idea of floating continents."
- Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute