How 2017 Rewrote the Book on Human Evolution

by Luke Higgins

We’ve all seen those textbook illustrations of human evolution: a straight line of ape-like hominids progressing into less-hairy and more straight-backed versions until they turn into us – Modern Man.

Human evolution is a lot messier than we thought Michael Caronna, Reuters
Great, you can now throw all that away. It turns out that our evolution was less of a linear march and more of a messy pile-up of ancestral species, constantly branching out and going extinct, interacting with each other and, of course, having sex.

That is the overarching message of the many discoveries made this year that have changed the way we understand ourselves and our very origin.

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