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Lessons of the Aquatic Ape

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By Mark Lundegren

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There is a good chance that you know where your recent ancestors are from. Perhaps they lived where you are now, or maybe they were from another part of the world. If you are in doubt, low-cost genetic tests today can shed light on your immediate ancestral history.

But do you know where, and how, your ancestors lived in the more distant past – say, 5 million years ago? Through the archeological record, we understand that all modern people share a common set of ancestors – humans and pre-humans who lived exclusively in Africa until roughly 100,000 years ago.

This bit of science answers the where part of our ancient natural history (though in simple terms, since it omits later interbreeding with Asiatic Homo erectus people by some of our Homo sapiens ancestors as we left Africa).

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Similarly, the how part of the lives of our distant ancestors is nearly as settled science. But there is an interesting controversy about our earlier life patterns that is instructive about scientific understanding and everyday knowing more generally.

In practice, examining this and other controversies, or questions about the quality of our understanding, can help us to better navigate a variety of modern challenges and uncertainties, and ultimately to think and act more optimally amid contemporary life.

As you may know, today’s scientific consensus is that, 5 million years ago, pre-humans of this time had descended from trees and begun to move out from forest cover in small foraging or hunter-gatherer bands, ones who would gradually come to dominate the increasingly dry and deforested savannas of Africa.

However there is an alternative view or hypothesis, touched on in the Our Past section of HumanaNatura’s Personal Health Program. This hypothesis proposes that we were aquatic apes for a time in this larger evolutionary transition. Though our distant ancestors clearly began as tree-dwellers and ended as land-dwellers, the aquatic ape hypothesis asserts that this transition might have been marked or interrupted for a time by an aquatic mode of pre-human life – with our ancestors spending many hours each day swimming and fishing in coastal waters.

The graphic above summarizes key features of the aquatic ape hypothesis, which in its essence emphasizes that a number of our distinctly human physical characteristics might be explained by an extended period of semi-aquatic life during our evolution (including our tight skin and ability to swim proficiently).

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HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of year to begin new things and challenge yourself – to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the days and weeks ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you achieve all these things, and perhaps more, HumanaNatura’s October Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step personal development program that gets results, by introducing you to all four of HumanaNatura’s transformative health techniques.

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Our October challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to its end. As its name suggests, HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our comprehensive natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance, rapid health impact, and steady exploration of your long-term health and quality of life potential.

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HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the days and weeks ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step personal development program that gets results, by introducing you to all four of HumanaNatura’s transformative natural health techniques.

NL HN 100 Snapshot

Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our comprehensive natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance, rapid health impact, and steady exploration of your long-term health potential.

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HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October health challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

NL HN 100 Snapshot

Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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Mastering The Natural Year

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If you receive HumanaNatura’s member newsletter or follow our NaturaLife blog, you know we make regular recommendations about planning, action, and celebration during the year, or rather during the natural year. This post provides background on these recurring recommendations, for your information and to share with others.

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Progressive Health Promotion Throughout the Natural Year     full-size

First, when HumanaNatura talks about the natural year, we mean the solar year that begins and ends with the winter solstice, or the day with the least amount of sunlight each year. As you may know, the word solstice literally means “sun-stopping” and this day – along with its complement, the summer solstice or the day with the most sunlight in the natural year – has been marked and celebrated by people at least since the beginning of recorded history.

You may also know that the amount of sunlight grows and recedes during the solar year because our planet is tilted in its orbit around the sun. Because of this tilt, the earth’s two poles periodically lean into and then away from the sun as we travel around it, changing the amount of light each day, in an opposite or reciprocal way in the northern and southern hemispheres. Halfway in this recurring process are the equinoxes, a word meaning days of equal light and night. And at the endpoint of each increasing and decreasing half-year of light is a solstice.

In this ancient, sun-oriented heliocentric or approach to time-keeping, the natural year technically begins at opposite times of the year in the northern and southern hemispheres. Depending on the year, the natural new year occurs on roughly December 21st in the north and June 21st in the south of our planet. Since most of us live in the north, and owing to frequent origins of annual time-keeping from the winter solstice, many of the world’s modern and pre-modern calendar systems begin (or once began) at the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Notable exceptions to this pattern are lunar calendar systems.

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