Where Did Humans Come From? (Part 1)

From Trace Dominguez. ( YouTube / Nebula )

Humans weren’t always human, but what were we before?
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Where did the #human animal originate? What are we really? What are humans? Where did we evolve and how long did it take? In this episode I explore what we know of the ancient human family tree and how we got here in the first place.

0:00 Where did humans come from?
2:11 The power of language
5:56 The family bush (not tree)
9:31 What makes a human?
11:55 Meeting ancients?
16:10 What’s coming?
As a crustacean poet once said, “The Human World, is a mess,” and boy was he correct. Our history is a patchwork of fossilized bones spread across the world. In the last 20 years, we’ve made huge leaps in our understanding of the human story, but we’re still trying to understand exactly *where* we came from and *why* we’re still here! This is especially confusing when you learn there were so many other ancient human-like creatures on this planet throughout our long history.

If you take one thing away from this series, I want you to know you’re a combination of millions of ancient animals toiling, adapting, evolving and breeding. Just ponder that for a while.
🤯SERIES LINKS: #HumanOrigins
PART 1 – What’s a human?
PART 2 – Ancient primate to Homo sapiens
PART 3 – Why us? Survivorship bias.
PART 4 – How we’re going to evolve next
PART 5 – 10,000 years from now…

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This is a HUGE source for all things human origins.
The species that you and all other living human beings on this planet belong to is Homo sapiens. During a time of dramatic climate change 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa. Like other early humans that were living at this time, they gathered and hunted food, and evolved behaviors that helped them respond to the challenges of survival in unstable environments.

Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species’ history
Researchers say that they have found the oldest Homo sapiens remains on record in an improbable place: Morocco.

300,000 year-old “early Homo sapiens” sparks debate over evolution
Until this week, the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens were about 200,000 years old. But two recent papers in Nature have obliterated that date with a report of 300,000 year-old skull fragments from five individuals found in Morocco. The researchers who discovered the fossils call them "early Homo sapiens." But other scientists say this misrepresents the complex story of human #evolution and adaptation.

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Trace Dominguez