Elaine Morgan, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, particularly elaborating Sir Alister Hardy's aquatic ape hypothesis. She was awarded an honorary D.Litt. by Glamorgan University in December 2006, an honorary fellow of the University of Cardiff in 2007, and awarded the Letten F. Saugstad Prize for her "contribution to scientific knowledge". Morgan's book Descent of Woman, published in 1972, was one of the first to call attention to the sexism of the so-called "savannah theory". Her other books include The Aquatic Ape, The Scars of Evolution, The Descent of the Child, The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, and The Naked Darwinist. Her book Pinker's List was a response to Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate, in which she rejected his claim to objectivity and argued that the "blank-slate" beliefs he caricatured have long been extinct.

Elaine Morgan's TED Talk


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