Aquatic Humanoids, Part 2


'Mermaids at Play' by Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) Peter Willi/Getty/SuperStock RM

From the sirens of “The Odyssey” to “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” and beyond, humans have always imagined their underwater doubles. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe discuss the revealing myth and fiction of mermaids and gillmen -- as well as the aquatic ape theory and the biological possibilities of an aquatic humanoid.

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Aquatic Humanoids, Part 1 (podcast)

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Here There Be Sea Monsters (podcast)

The Triton. From a lithograph by Hans Thoma, 1899. From The Studio Volume 17.
The Triton. From a lithograph by Hans Thoma, 1899. From The Studio Volume 17.
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A mermaid is startled by a manatee or sea cow in this 1889 newspaper illustration by Masquoid.
A mermaid is startled by a manatee or sea cow in this 1889 newspaper illustration by Masquoid.
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Topics in this Podcast: biology, mythology, evolution