Human Evolution

In This Chapter

^ Sorting through the bones of our ancestors ^ Migrating out of Africa

^ Searching for the key events of human evolution ost people are very interested in human evolution and know something about it but still find the topic perplexing. They have an inkling, for example, that humans evolved from apes (actually, apelike creatures) but think that evolution works differently for humans than it does for other organisms. It doesn't. The same evolutionary principles that apply to every living organism apply to human beings: speciation, genetic drift, coalescence, you name it.

This chapter explains both the evolutionary origin of our species and subsequent evolution within the species Homo sapiens. In a way, this chapter answers two questions: "Where did we come from?" and "Where are we going?"

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