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The Science Behind How We Became Human

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Tom Hale

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Tom Hale

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Tom is a writer in London with a Master's degree in Journalism whose editorial work covers anything from health and the environment to technology and archaeology.

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The life of smartphones and sofas hasn't always been the way for humans. In fact, the overwhelming majority of humanity’s time on Earth has been very, very far away from that.

This animation from the YouTube Channel Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell details the long history of humans, along with the gene mutations and environmental pressures that got us here. Throughout this journey, we come across numerous milestones, such as the discovery of fire and the advent of speech. But even though anatomically modern humans popped up around 200,000 BCE, they would have had a very difficult time behaviorally slotting into modern life. But why is this so? And how did things change?

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Check it out the awesome animated video below.

[H/T Popular Science]


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