Wild animals avoid contact with humans, but wild dolphins seek us out to play and socialize, even going so far as to voluntarily rescue people from drowning. What explains this remarkable natural affinity?
Revealing the evolutionary basis for our special relationship with dolphins, Frank Joseph explains how we are both descendants of the same ancient branch of humanity.
Integrating scientific research on dolphin intelligence, communication, and physiology with enduring myths from some of the world's oldest cultures, such as the Aborigines, Norse, Greeks, and Celts, the author examines our physical commonalities with dolphins, including their vestigial thumbs and legs, birth processes, and body temperature.
He explores dolphins' mysterious role in the birth of early civilization and their connections with the Dog Star, Sirius, and Atlantis and Lemuria--a bond still commemorated by annual gatherings of millions of dolphins.
As Frank Joseph shows, if we can learn to fully communicate with dolphins, accessing their millennia-old oral tradition, we may learn the truth about humanity's origins and our shared future, when humankind may yet again quit the land for a final return to the sea.
Frank Joseph was the editor in chief of Ancient American magazine from 1993 until 2007. He is the author of several books, including Before Atlantis and Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America. He lives in the Upper Mississippi Valley.
Introduction The Eye of the Dolphin 1 We Are Aquatic Apes 2 Our Sea-Mammal Heritage 3 Homo delphinus 4 The Mind in the Sea 5 The Other Humans 6 From Extinction to Rebirth 7 Are Dolphins the Most Intelligent Creatures in the World? 8 The Holographic Dolphin 9 Telepathic Dolphins 10 The Order of the Dolphin 11 Healing Dolphins 12 Psychiatrists at Sea 13 They Owe Their Lives to Dolphins 14 Musical Dolphins 15 Dolphins and Men 16 Dolphins and Women 17 Dolphins and Children 18 Dolphin Connections with Cats, Dogs, and Whales 19 Are Mermaids Real? 20 A Webfoot in Both Worlds 21 Sirius Dolphins 22 The Dolphins of Atlantis 23 Planet Earth or SeaWorld? Epilogue A Dolphin Fulfills the Mayan Prophecy Notes Bibliography Index