You Are Still Evolving (Part 4)

From Trace Dominguez. ( YouTube / Nebula )

After millions of years, humans are the last surviving advanced primate. Why us?
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#Evolution isn’t some far-off concept, it’s happening now and around us. Thanks to our CO2 emissions, animals are adapting to the new global climate reality; and we’re adapting too. What kind of adaptations are we going to expect to see thanks to climate change and #globalwarming? What’s going to happen to humanity?

0:00 The climate isn’t static
1:26 Adaptation is happening
5:14 We’ve been here before
10:59 Other animals feel it already
15:25 Little mutations
20:18 What about the future??

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.

CO2 Data!
Homo sapiens appeared in our present form about 200,000 years ago. Human civilization emerged about 12,000 years ago. The study of past CO2 levels and climates helps us understand the conditions in which human societies developed.

Will Climate Change Drive Evolution?
We are currently witnessing an unprecedented rate of climate change
and we just don’t know exactly how that will influence evolution and

#Epigenetics can affect offspring
That idea would have been laughed at 20 years ago. But today the hypothesis that an individual’s experience might alter the cells and behavior of their children and grandchildren has become widely accepted

DNA suggests humans descend from small ancestral population
Which is one way to evolve a species, because when there are only a few their adaptations will live on!

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Trace Dominguez