First Humans Were Fish by Shannon Dorey

The Land Baby by
John Collier 1899

Besides being shapeshifters like cephalopods, the alien Nummo were described as being a type of catfish with barbs or whiskers on the jaw.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 29 According to the Dogon, the first humans, who were part Nummo, were not only hermaphrodites but they also lived as fish and breathed through their clavicles.

The Mistress (Master) of Speech, who was the saviour in the Dogon religion, was supposed to be evidence of the genetic modifications in the respiratory system allowing humans to breathe air when they emerged from the waters of the womb.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 151

Although the Mistress (Master) of Speech looked human above the waist, below she had a fishtail. Her daughter Lébé, who also had a fishtail, was considered the mother of humanity. She was born androgynous but five generations after her birth, humans became single sexed and land dwelling creatures. This 1899 painting entitled, The Land Baby, by John Collier reminds me of this aspect of the Dogon religion and how humans became land dwelling creatures.Dorey, The Rose: Dogon Star Knowledge p. 412

In The Nummo and Day of the Fish, I discuss this Dogon belief in relation to the aquatic ape theory of evolution. Sir Alister Hardy first wrote about his belief that the reason humans were so different from chimpanzees and apes was because they had spent time living in a semi-aquatic state.

His paper, Was Man [Were Humans] More Aquatic in the Past? appeared in New Scientist, 17 March 1960. In 1982, Elaine Morgan popularized this theory in The Aquatic Ape, based on Sir Alister Hardy's 1960 theory. According to geneticists, human and chimp DNA is 99.4 percent identical. Chimps are so close to us, in fact, that some scientists believe they should be sitting on our branch in the tree of life.

About six to eight million years ago, two groups of apes became separated. The aquatic ape theorists claim that our human ancestors were forced by climate change to live in an aquatic environment and thanks to the changes associated with that environment, became more advanced than chimpanzees. Afterward, when the environment changed back again, they evolved back into land dwelling creatures.Dorey, Day of the Fish p. 152

There are various elements of the human body that support the theory that our ancestors once lived in an aquatic environment. Because humans are so closely linked to primates, there is the question of how humans ended up being hairless.

According to Morgan, "humans lost [heavy body hair] for the same reason as the whale and dolphin and the manatee: because if any fairly large aquatic mammal needs to keep warm in water, it is better served by a layer of fat on the inside of the skin than by a layer of hair on the outside of it." She also points out the overwhelming disadvantages of hairlessness for a ground-dwelling ape. "In the first place, body hair, besides being a highly efficient insulator against both cold and heat, serves as a protection against various kinds of lesions."Dorey, The Nummo p. 256

"Compared with all other monkeys and apes, the human baby is born 'too heavy' relative to the weight of the mother." This happens to no other primate fetus. Morgan says this make sense if you are "launching the newborn infant into a watery environment."Dorey, The Nummo p. 256

There are various other differences that she discusses in her book including the fact that humans are the only mammals whose normal method of locomotion is walking on two legs. This bipedalism she attributes to human ancestors having lived in water. According to the Dogon, these changes had more to do with the Nummos' genetic engineering experiments than with human evolution.

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