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Video: Seven million years of human evolution

Last hominin standing – charting the rise and fall of our closest relatives

Through genome sequencing, we now know that chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, sharing nearly 99 per cent of our DNA. But in the roughly 7 million years since our ancestors split from chimps, Homo sapiens has existed alongside a wide variety of closer evolutionary cousins. This video from the American Museum of Natural History tracks scientists’ current best guess at a timeline of hominin species, including when and where they lived, and how extinctions and interbreeding led to Homo sapiens becoming the last hominin on Earth. And yet, due to gaps in the timeline and continued fossil discoveries, it seems we’ve found only fragments of our evolutionary past, leaving much still to be learned about our family tree.

Executive producer: Vivian Trakinski

Writer and Producer: Laura Moustakerski

Animator: Shay Krasinski

Website: American Museum of Natural History

Text: Aeon

Running time: 6 minutes

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Homo naledi, a strange new species of human cousin found in South Africa two years ago, was unlike anything scientists had ever seen. Discovered deep in the heart of a treacherous cave system – as if they’d been placed there deliberately – were 15 ancient skeletons that showed a confusing patchwork of features. (Source: Science Alert)

One comment on “Video: Seven million years of human evolution

  1. vengodalmare
    January 10, 2022

    Well done

    Liked by 1 person

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