Getting Naked: The Story of the Aquatic Ape Theory

25017_1An illustrated lecture by artist and ex-physician Mark Kessell
Date: Thursday, February 17th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Have you ever stepped out of the shower and noticed a naked ape in the mirror? Scientists agree: that’s what you are. But why do we look so different from our very, very, very close relative, the chimpanzee? The Aquatic Ape Theory, first proposed in the 1930’s but developed much more recently, proposes a strange but surprisingly plausible idea: we took a dip in the pool of evolution, paddled about a bit, and by the time we moved to a drier neighborhood we were walking tall, straight and naked. The back-story behind this theory is a tale of scientific in-fighting and elitism as remarkable as the theory itself.

Ex-physician turned artist, Mark Kessell, dishes the dirt on human evolution in a fun-filled and completely un-scientific talk on the world of science. Get the Naked Truth! Get it now. Get it at Observatory.

Mark Kessell is an Australian medical doctor and professional artist working in New York City. Most of his work has a biological or scientific focus. He is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea where his next exhibition, “Specimen Box” will open on March 17th, 2011. You can find out more about his work at

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