There Was No First Human

There Was No First Human

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If you traced your family tree back 185 million generations through evolution, you wouldn’t be looking at a human, a primate, or even a mammal. You’d be looking at a fish. So where along that line does the first human show up? The answer may surprise you

Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality”
Also check out Richard Dawkins’ “The Ancestor’s Tale”

Images of prehistoric species used in this episode:
Tiktaalik, Procunsul, Plesiadapsis, Juramaia, Hylonomus – by Nobu Tamura (
Homo erectus (by Tim Evanson)

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Joe Hanson – Host and writer
Joe Nicolosi – Director
Amanda Fox – Producer, Spotzen IncKate Eads – Associate Producer
Katie Graham – Director of Photography
Andrew Matthews – Editor and motion graphics
John Knudsen – Gaffer

Music:
“Ouroboros” by Kevin MacLeod

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